Next Generation Broadband Delayed

You may remember that earlier in the year we posted that the Whitwell (SLWHT) telephone exchange would be upgraded by OpenReach (The arm of BT that deals with such things) in 2011 to cope with the next generation of higher speed broadband dubbed FTTC and FTTP (Fiber To The Cabinet and Fiber To The Premises). Unfortunately it looks like this has now been pushed back to 1st March 2012 – although this date may still not be set in stone, as Whitwell (and Hodthorpe and Creswell as they use the same telephone exchange) was due to have up to 24Mbit/s services by March of 2011 but this did not happen.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the situation and the RFS (Ready For Service) dates for the next generation of broadband for Whitwell and will let you know if anything changes.

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.