There's been a lot of activity over the past few months on the local cabinets in my village and I've been keeping a regular eye on the BT Wholesale checker. I got quite excited today when I saw that fibre products are now showing as being available.
Until I spotted the date -- 31 March 2014! This seems like an awful long way off, given that there have been promises from local politicians of "by September 2013", and the Openreach website is still showing "end of 2013" for availability.
Is it really likely to take another 9 months to get all the new kit up and running?
Below is copy/paste of the checker result output - up until yesterday only ADSL Max and Fixed rate 2mbps were showing.
Telephone Number 0125688**** on Exchange TURGIS GREEN is served by Cabinet 2
Downstream Line Rate(Mbps)
Upstream Line Rate(Mbps)
WBC FTTC Up to 66.5 Up to 20 -- 31-Mar-14
ADSL Max Up to 7.5 -- 6.5 to 8 Available
Fixed Rate 2 -- -- Available
FTTP on Demand 330 30 -- 31-Mar-14
Fibre Multicast -- -- -- 31-Mar-14