Half Way To Next Gen Broadband

UPDATED

It looks like that whilst we weren’t paying attention BT Openreach changed their ready-for-service (RFS) date for their 21st Century Network (21CN) for Whitwell to the end of January 2012.  What this means is that you should now be able to get up-to 24Mbit/s internet instead of just basic up-to 8Mbit/s internet from any ISP not just the likes of TalkTalk.  If you want faster access you may also have to talk to your ISP, as not all will upgrade you automatically to faster services – even though their faster services are the same price.

We’ve also noticed that the full Sky Broadband is now available on the Whitwell exchange as well – So if you’ve got Sky TV you can get their free/cheap broadband as well.

The RFS date for the much faster FTTC products (What BT Retail calls Infinity) is still set for June 2012.

Update

At the Whitwell Parish Council meetings on 8th February 2012 three planning applications for additional BT Openreach street cabinets was put before the council (They were in the conservation area, so planning consent is required) and the council raised no objections to them going ahead – So it looks like things really are moving ahead for June this time.

Next Gen Broadband Dates Set

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!