BT unveil 300 new uber-internet locations

30 March 2010

internet

Here’s a big list that might result in a pleasant surprise for you – it’s the next 300 locations that BT will be adding to its fibre network.

The blurb claims that the deployment will bring 40Mbits/sec fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connections to approximately four millions homes across the country, with work starting in September and running into Summer 2011. In short, you’ll be able to download a picture of a giant before you’ve even thought about doing it. Or something.

BT have added that the super duper new network will be available on an "open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services," which follows a bit of a spat recently where Ofcom ruled that BT should be doing just that. BT stuck out its mighty tongue and said that it had been doing it anyway and that Ofcom wasn’t the boss of it, even though it is a bit.

Anyway – as we said, the list is here – have a butchers and see if you’re on there…

TOPICS:   Technology

47 comments

  • Alan
    Nothing in Scotland. Where I live, theres approx 150,000 people within 5 miles either way. Yet, we arent deemed busy enough for BT to come here and lay fibre.
  • Chris
    Newtownards, Northern Ireland - The only one in NI that's being upgraded. Pfft. Glad we're switching to O2 :)
  • FTTC
    Awsome - on the list - back of the net - wont have to puit up with this paltry 16mb any more :P
  • Jim W.
    Mines is there yay.
  • Mr W.
    A town 10 miles from here is getting fibreoptic. They already get really fast internet of 8 to 16 meg while we languish with around 1 to 2 so there'll be a difference in speed of 40-1 by September. Well done BT!
  • Amanda H.
    Nearest one is Exeter for me. Just you wait 'till you come down here on holiday. I'll shit in your pasty.
  • dave
    Score... One of the 300... How about that!
  • Randomhero
    Thank god I live in a virgin Media town!
  • Laurz
    Absolutely disgusting. How can the government justify allowing them to FURTHER upgrade some of the best exchanges in the country whilst the rest of us get practically nothing? It's about time that they changed the law so that you only pay for what you can actually recieve afterall it is BT's fault that the line to my house is shit and that their exchange is too far away so why should I have to pay for a service that is impossible to recieve? Why am I funding the upgrade of someone elses exchange?
  • The B.
    Get in there you beauty, I'm getting sick of the lag on my 8 Meg line, thank Christ they're switching it to fibre optic.
  • the b.
    Laurz, you do realize more exchanges area will be provided with fibre in the future right? its not the end of the world.
  • Laurz
    Yes I do. I also realise that in the meantime I have to pay for a service that due to BTs fault I cannot possibly recieve while others are having their already superior service improved even further to widen the digital gap between me and them. Do you think that is fair?
  • Joe B.
    Yeah, it's great how our mighty incumbent telco, who inherited the network free of charge, can only "invest" in areas already provided with cable and multiple LLU offerings. In the meantime, the vast majority of the country makes do with tin can & string connections, while paying the exact same line rental and call charges as their more lucky fellow UK residents, who happened to want to live in the urban jungle. BT make me sick and OFCOM (neutered useless quango bullshit merchants) consistently let them get away with it. Customers in areas not offered the same variety of broadband choice should be given discounts on line rental.
  • Laurz
    Fully agree Joe Bloggs. You wouldn't walk into Tesco and buy a tin of beans only to find out that because you're shopping at a certain store the tin is only half full but will be the same price but this is exactly the situation we find ourselves in with our telephone lines and internet connections. They're damaging the economy in certain areas as well by discouraging businesses from operating out of them. Why would a company base itself somewhere with a poor internet connection when for the same price they could go elsewhere and have fibre optic networks?
  • Rich
    In Bournemouth since the start of the year we've had fibrecity which is where they run fibre cables in the sewer lines to the house and we get 100mbps already. http://www.fibrecity.eu/
  • M4RKM
    *sighs* I'll have to make do with my less than 2mb connection....
  • David
    Sheffield - Englands 4th largest city is deemed too small. Nice one BT lets have some more monopoly and shitty exsisting servers. Utter disgraceful, again the UK is way behind the times compare to the rest of the EU.
  • Tom
    The list is still loading for me after 45 seconds..........I think I'll be on fibre optics before the damn thing loads. Anymore proof we need fibre optics?
  • Crisp
    300 or 30? WHICH ONE. Yes, I am a pedant.
  • Chris
    I love the way that everybody is getting annoyed at BT because their area isn't on the list. Give them a chance to roll out 21CN! For all you know BT have got most of the equipment ready for your area. I know for a fact BT have just installed the new fiber cabinet at my estate but my town isn't on the list. I'm not complaining! Tho I do agree that the areas with slower connections should get higher priority but it makes sense to BT to upgrade connections to areas with high subscribers so that more people can benefit it. It probably also allows BT to develop cheaper methods of installing the new tech when it comes to installing the new cabinets in remote locations. @Laurz how is it BTs fault that their exchange isn't close enough to your house? It would have been there before you moved into your house. If you wanted a fast connection at this time you should have moved somewhere closer to an exchange. How exactly are you funding someone elses exchange? Has BT started charging you extra to fund other exchanges? Why are you also paying for a service you can't receive? When you ordered broadband BT told you the speed you could get and that's what you paid for. If you didn't like that speed then you didn't have to commit with the order so again that isn't BTs fault.
  • KTF
    Botley is on the list. Get in!
  • Laurz
    @Chris Because there are TWO exchanges closer to my house but BT (for reasons unknown to their engineers) connected us to one further away and because BT chose to give the better lines to houses closer to the exchange leaving those further away with the inferier quality lines (they've admitted this). Of course I'm funding the upgrades to exchanges. We ALL are. We're all funding the upgrades and only some are getting the benefit therefore we are funding the upgrades to someone elses exchange. When we ordered broadband we were told we would be buying 'upto 8meg' in reality we are getting 1 meg. You can argue all you like but that is paying for somethign that we can't possibly recieve.
  • iglimpse
    Is it just me ? appears that the majority of areas are fairly affluent areas. Most of the ones in the NWest are good areas, not many high deprivation areas
  • Simon
    Yes, you are correct, all these are highly affluent areas. Suprising...
  • no p.
    @iglimpse Whose gonna pay for fiber optic (cos there will be a premium) when instead of spending all their money on football and beer.
  • Gregor
    Not even doing it in Scotland.....arseholes. fine wi ma virgin media 20mb anyway
  • Ray
    I live in the Borders just in Scotland 33 miles from Carlisle. According to BT we live too far away from our exchange to even get broadband over the phoneline, with the quality of the phoneline not good enough to use dial up. I am on satellite broadband @ £70 a month for a 1mb service. BT have no plans for upgrading to allow basic broadband here in the near future up to 2012. Surely they should be looking into everyone in the country being able to receive basic broadband before upgrading already super-fast exchanges - farcical in my opinion.
  • LD
    BRITISH Telecom - aye right.
  • callum
    Yes BRITISH Telecom is right. Just because they don't upgrade everywhere in the country simultaneously, doesn't mean they aren't British anymore... BT is a private company and broadband is not a human right. Stop moaning and move somewhere faster if it bothers you so much.
  • Ask
    Its 300 sites not 30 read the big print before publishing mates
  • Luke
    Thank fully im with Virgin media! .... just my opinion I'm self employed and my business works in comms accross the UK - I've reviewed the list, it's clear to see the decision is largly made based on business grounds Ie where there is competition (ie from Virgin) in the domestic market they don't want to risk loose ADSL based customers (which they are in certain areas) - because of a slower broadband speed - so upgrade the exchanges which will stave off the customer churn, make them more revenue (because they are predominantly in more affluent areas), are cheeper to do (as the links/ducts are mostly in place), put them in a favoured position with the telcos who use the openreach network - and generally get favour with the larger population. A logical (not profit based view), would have been to target "slow" exchanges and users who are suffering poor connection speed and uprate the network for them! .... but that would'nt have pleased shareholders!
  • Gavin
    YAY! my house, my mums house, my work address and even my nans are all on the list. But yes we all posh and live in affluent areas . ayiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Boo yaka sha
  • dvdj
    Ditto, this will blow my poxy current 12meg out the window haha.
  • gazgits
    Good to see there is no North South divide anymore. Can't see many in Scotland
  • Mr W.
    If I got 40 meg fibre optic I don't know what I'd do with it though, have Youtube videos stream 20 times faster than I could watch anyway, or complete shoppping orders a milisecond faster? Not really sure...
  • Bob
    You;d think Blackfriars exchange, in the centre of Manchester, would be on there?!
  • MickeyB
    @David - Broomhill is in Sheffield, duh.
  • Ed
    *yawn* In other not-so-news, Virgin have been offering 50Mbps for quite some time now. And are thinking about rolling out 100Mbps. And get rather closer to the advertised line speed than most ADSL connections.
  • Nobby
    > Nothing in Scotland. Even nature is trying it's best to cut Scotland off, with the landslides blocking trainlines at Berwick. Couldn't get much closer to the border than that. > Sheffield – Englands 4th largest city is deemed too small. Too small or too full of shit?
  • Nobby
    > If I got 40 meg fibre optic I don’t know what I’d do with it though, have Youtube videos stream 20 times faster than I could watch anyway, or complete shoppping orders a milisecond faster? Not really sure… What about the ability to download and watch BluRay quality films?
  • whybother
    RE lukes post - # Posted by Luke | March 31st, 2010 at 3:26 am Thank fully im with Virgin media! …. just my opinion I’m self employed and my business works in comms accross the UK – I’ve reviewed the list, it’s clear to see the decision is largly made based on business grounds Ie where there is competition (ie from Virgin) in the domestic market they don’t want to risk loose ADSL based customers (which they are in certain areas) – because of a slower broadband speed – so upgrade the exchanges which will stave off the customer churn, make them more revenue (because they are predominantly in more affluent areas), are cheeper to do (as the links/ducts are mostly in place), put them in a favoured position with the telcos who use the openreach network – and generally get favour with the larger population. A logical (not profit based view), would have been to target “slow” exchanges and users who are suffering poor connection speed and uprate the network for them! …. but that would’nt have pleased shareholders BT is in business to make money, we could ask the question about why doesnt the country have proper infrastructure railways roads sewage systems etc etc etc etc, network deployement stratergy often places systems on the doorstep of corporate decision makers who influence company direction, so when they get a good service at home the push it into their business. And blame Maggie thatcher for f^cking BT - they shafted BT whilst sky etc where allowed to offer services othere than telephone, 10 year start on BT, - I would p^ss on virgin ala NTL if they where on fire - useless set of c^nts - never had an issue with BT - NTL however was a 3 year nightmare. id rather go back to 512mb than deal with them tossers again.
  • raptorcigs
    40mb? too slow ill stick with my 50mb
  • me
    Great... mine is on the list but I am moving home next week to Norwich ....
  • dunfyboy
    I take they're changing their name to English Telecom
  • Shopdis F.
    Does it mean all exchanges within the city for example Milton Keynes has 3 and I know they had originally planned to upgrade only the one exchange server. I wouldn't celebrate too early if your town is on that list.
  • Touchwood
    BT....sorry ET go home!
  • DireEmblem
    Why cant BT just list all their exchanges, and give us dates for them all? Even if they place unconfirmed or something? IMO our Government is totally KAK. Cable already has a huge fibre network, why not merge that with the new network BT are building, and get this all out there a lot faster than BT can, rather than duplicating work, implement fibre in new areas.

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