Bringing faster broadband to our rural areas

Friday 3rd of October 2014 12:00 AM

The latest rolling 12-month plan of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Superfast Broadband has now been updated on the website, showing an additional 77 cabinets being brought into the rollout.

We promised at the start that we would try to accelerate the programme as much as possible, so the rolling 12-month plan now shows:

Phase One – 52 Cabinets

Phase Two – 41 Cabinets

Phase Three – 77 Cabinets

The Network Coverage Map has also been updated. Our latest map is quite different from what has gone before, here are the main changes:

- Improved mapping to give more zoom-ability and greater clarity of detail, for instance more localities and key roads are now named/numbered and landscape features can now be seen. We hope that this will help you to locate your own area.

- “Grey” “Black” and “Hatched” areas have shrunk. At the start of the project we had to ask providers where they would be supplying superfast broadband by 2015 and the results were mapped using the BDUK-approved methodology.

As we are now in the procurement stages of the second project we have again asked suppliers for their proposed rollout, and this has led to a shrinkage of coverage from some areas which the providers have chosen not to cover under their commercial programmes.

As mapping is by postcode, it is also possible that the provider may have found that only a proportion of the premises within the postcode were upgraded last time, hence the postcode would change to white indicating that there is still more to do.

- Additionally, as we are unable to tender for additional works in grey, black or hatched areas, we have aggressively clipped these by including only those places where providers can offer 100% coverage.

This means that, for instance, where there are a few exchange-only lines, we now have the opportunity to provide a solution.

The new map reflects this market failure and has, as a result, led to a significant increase in white areas because this just indicates that there is still work to do. White does not always mean that nothing has been done, white is also used for areas which have had less than 100% of the work completed as there are still homes and businesses here that do not have superfast broadband.

As previously, one of the main problems we face is that the data we are given is detailed by postcode, and the maps are generated showing postcode data. However, telecoms infrastructure clearly does not follow postcodes.

In fact, as the surveys progress we are finding that we have some postcodes that are served by a number of cabinets, and some cabinets that serve properties in more than one postcode.

When you factor in the fact that some properties may be served by exchanges or cabinets that are several miles away you can see the difficulties. Therefore the information on this map is indicative only and actual coverage will change when we come to rollout to each area.

For a full cabinet list please check the following link on the website: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/where-when/rolling-12-month-plan/#cabinets

To check which cabinet you are connected to, go to http://www.dslchecker.bt.com

The latest rolling 12-month plan can be found at: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/where-when/rolling-12-month-plan

The Coverage map can be found at: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/the-project/latest-maps/nga-network-coverage-map

 

Category: Infrastructure