It looks like OpenReach have set Ready For Service (RFS) dates for the Whitwell Telephone Exchange (SLWHT) for both 21CN (The national next generation network that connects telephone exchanges) and for their Fiber To The Cabinet (FTTC) products.
21CN will allow many more providers to offer services up to 24Mbit/s download speeds instead of the 8Mbit/s we have now (Unless you’re a Carphone Warehouse/TalkTalk customer – in which case in theory you get those speeds already). The RFS date is set for 1st March 2012.
FTTC will allow providers to initially offer up to 40Mbit/s download speed. The RFS date is set for 1st June 2011.
Although RFS dates have been set, it’s not unusual for them to drift still, so we’ll keep an eye on it and see what happens. Fingers crossed!