The situation really is pretty dire for you in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock. It doesn't make any sense at all, particularly looking at TalkTalk's rollout: why the hell would TalkTalk (or any company, for that matter), choose to unbundle 10 or so tiny exchanges such as Johnston and Narberth - both small villages in the rural Pembrokeshire countryside with less than 2000 premisis per exchange - as opposed to the Pembroke exchange, covering 2 large towns with 10000 premisis or more?
Just look at the pictures - this is Johnston exchange, which had TalkTalk LLU installed in November (according to SamKnows): http://i40.tinypic.com/11v06zb.png
- it's literally just a garden shed.
Then look at Pembroke - no LLU, no WBC ADSL2+, no FTTC (as if that needed to be said!) and no prospect of any change in the coming months - not even a sniff of an RFS date. Yet this is a ginormous exchange in comparison to Johnston: http://i41.tinypic.com/11rvkp5.png
- and the picture doesn't even convey it's size very well; it extends quite a way to the rear (pictures from Google Street View).
I believe Pembroke actually had an RFS date for BT's WBC ADSL2+ product several years back (2008 maybe?) but that disappeared and still hasn't reappeared, which is yet another bizarre "development".
Even worse is that earlier this year, as you've mentioned, Sky suddenly and totally unexpectedly unbundled Saundersfoot's exchange - another small village exchange with only around 3000 lines - and that's the only exchange in the entire county they've touched! Tenby, with around 5000 lines (ignore the SamKnows figures), is literally just a mile or two down the road and is a far larger town with many more homes and businesses, yet Sky ignore it. The same goes for Haverfordwest, Milford Haven and Pembroke (again) - all large towns with around 10000 lines, but no sign of Sky in any of them. I actually got in contact with Sky's Chief Executive regarding their decision to only unbundle Saundersfoot - all they could tell me was that Saundersfoot represented the best investment for them (how?!), and that there were no plans to enable any further Pembrokeshire exchanges for at least another year.
At least now with TalkTalk's LLU offering it appears that some of the county's exchanges will finally have a choice of something greater than "up to 8Mbps", even though a choice between TalkTalk and an ageing BT product is obviously still a pretty dire choice to have. But unfortunately even TalkTalk don't seem that
bothered - Tenby's TalkTalk RFS date was nearly a month ago but it still isn't enabled, and it's the same in other places in the county where TalkTalk's RFS date has come and gone.
At least Haverfordwest and Tenby do have WBC ADSL2+ to look forward to in January, although the date could slip. It also appears that in the last few days Milford Haven and Saundersfoot have been given WBC RFS dates towards the middle of 2012, which again is better than nothing, but still no sign of anything for Pembroke. I do have it on good authority from a contact very
high up in BT (as in, one of the highest!) that BT are pushing for funding to roll out fibre to the vast majority of Wales by 2015 at the latest, similar to what is being done in Cornwall with the whole county getting FTTC or FTTP. However whether or not any funding gets secured remains to be seen, so that plan could possibly end up dead and buried before it even gets off the ground. Unfortunately the fibre in the schools is completely unrelated to the commercial public rollout of fibre and uses totally different systems (leased lines direct to the school rather than the public telephone network) so that won't make the rollout happen any faster i'm afraid.
But hey, here's hoping we see some change soon. It's about damn time!
Apologies for the lengthy post.