21st Century Communications

OpenReach (Part of the BT Group of companies) whom are responsible for telephone lines and exchanges have announced that some time in 2011 they will be equipping the Whitwell (Code: SLWHT) telephone exchange to handle their Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband products.

FTTC is where they run fibre optic cable to the green street cabinets you see dotted around and install equipment in a new cabinet next to them – your broadband is then run from the street cabinet, so the distance between your home router and the broadband equipment is much shorter, so you can get much faster speeds.  Initially this will provide for up to 40Mbit/s download speeds and up to 10Mbit/s upload speeds dependent on the quality of your telephone line and distance.

FTTP is where they run fibre optic cable all the way to your home router providing the fastest speeds and most future proof service, initially this will provide for 110Mbit/s peak download speeds and 15Mbit/s upload speeds.  In the future we could see speeds as high as 1000Mbit/s (1Gbit/s) peak download speeds or even higher.

Unfortunately we do not know which areas of the Parish will be getting FTTP (the fastest and most future proof technology) and which areas will be getting FTTC (Currently capable of up to 40Mbit/s download speeds).  Some areas may get neither.

We strongly suspect that the first areas to be equipped will be Hodthorpe and Creswell as both villages utilise the Whitwell exchange and would benefit the most from FTTC/FTTP deployment compared to what they can currently receive.

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