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Last Updated Tuesday April 13, 2010
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My name is Richard and I live in Chineham, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
I have now gone live on March 30, 2010 with BT Business Total Broadband Fibre plus as so far it is nothing short of perfection (well bar BT missing two promised installation dates). I have now had a stable connection for the first 10 days which does deliver the full 40Mb/s down and 10Mb/s up as promised in the blurb!
I even used www.speedtest.net which pretty much has confirmed this and downloads from the web peaking at about 4MB/Sec under IE8.
Previously, for 8+ years I have had poor and very unreliable internet access, but this all looks set to change early in 2010. This is very fortunate as my business is on-line marketing and I help run the European marketing operations for several international software companies based in Europe and Silicon Valley in the US, so my work depends on fast and reliable internet access.
I have hassled BT and my broadband suppliers endlessly (as have many others) and it finally looks like BT Openreach have decided to sort things out.
To help you all understand what this means for us in Chineham and Basingstoke I have put together this microsite which links to everything you ever needed to know about broadband.
In Basingstoke, the Telephone Exchange is a long way away from most of the town's new developments (especially Chineham and Hatch Warren). Unfortunately, ordinary broadband (ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+) are all added to the phone line at the telephone exchange and because the signal has to travel so far it degrades and the speed drops off dramatically. In Chineham, our lines must be at least 4Km (most will be nearer 5 or 6Km long), so much so that Chineham in particular has been branded a “notspot” as many people get zero or slow/intermittent broadband access. There is a newish telephone exchange in Chineham Business Park but according to BT it is exclusively for the business park and BT will never overlap exchange areas, i.e. Provide a line from exchange B to an address covered by exchange A.
In June 2009, BT announced Super-fast broadband (see slide 6) based on VDSL technology, see the video.
The BIG different is that the broadband signal is now added to your phone line within a few hundred feet (in theory) of your premises. This is done by feeding a fibre optic internet feed to a street cabinet containing a DSLAM (Digital subscriber line access multiplexer). The Broadband signal is then added to your phone line in the street cabinet and so the broadband signal only has to travel the last few hundred feet to your premises. This is know as FTTC the abbreviation meaning Fibre to the Cabinet (although our American cousins call it Fiber to the Curb).
As you will see from the pictures below, one of these new BT VDSL DSLAM cabinets has now been installed in Chineham on Mattock Way at the junction of Martins Wood (the nearest postcode being RG24 8XZ) close to the existing PCP 77 (Primary Connection Point).
The next bit of good news is the BT has announced that these new cabinets will be ready for service on 25th January 2010 and it looks like you should be able to place orders from 18th January 2010 assuming your ISP offers it (so be wary of signing up for a long contract in the next two months and locking yourself out of the roll-out).
Finally, you can try BT's checker (but this will be less accurate as it will not include areas they are yet to start work in.)
1 Get your postcode and first try by Postcode Checker below. If that fails then try the Address Checker but only use the sector part of your postcode. e.g. If your postcode is RG24 8XZ just use RG24 8 (i.e. drop the last two letters but keep the space and the last number)
2 Go to the BT Broadband Checker and first select the Postcode Checker. If that does not work you can try a second time using the Address Checker and the sector part (for some reason if you use your phone number and sometimes your full postcode it does not work yet, presumably it will on or after January 18, 2010).
3 Enter your address
4 If you are lucky, you will get the fibre technology section highlighted in green below. If not check back in January 2010 or even after 18 or 25 January 2010 and watch out to see if an existing BT PCP near you has since been upgraded.
Finally, in May 2009 I posted a comment on the BBC News Forum on Wednesday, 27 May, 2009, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK "When we eventually receive a service the best that we can get is 512Kbps. I would eat my shorts for 2Mbps!" I have not yet eaten my shorts and have vowed not to plagiarize "The Simpsons" ever again. Nonetheless, does anyone know a reputable supplier of edible clothing?
How much will it cost?
According to this article it will cost from £19.99/month.
The consumer version will be branded BT Infinity the service is being enabled across 30 exchanges on Monday January 25 2010 for service by the end of next month (February 2010).
The business version will be called BT Business Total Broadband Fibre although at the time of writing the site does not seem to mention Monday as a go-live date.
BT launches BT Infinity super>fast broadband at a competitive price
BT launches 40Mbps fibre-based broadband - ZDNet.co.uk
BT unveils fibre broadband packages, first exchanges IT PRO
FT.com - UK - BT goes on broadband price offensive
Basingstoke Gazette - Faster broadband to bring Net gains
Basingstoke Gazette - Why have we been left out of upgrade?
Location of Basingstoke telephone exchange
BT Openreach - Super-fast Fibre Access Video
Graph showing ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+ Speed versus distance from the exchange
BT Openreach - Fibre to the Cabinet Phase 3 - 120 day Communication - updated: 16/12/2009
BT Openreach - briefing_nga053_09 - 15/12/09
BT Openreach - briefing_nga054_09 - 15/12/09
BT Super-fast broadband November 2009
BT Super-fast broadband October 2009
BT Super-fast broadband June 2009
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council - Better, faster broadband for Basingstoke
The Basingstoke Broadband Campaign – A town comes together to work for faster broadband
BT Openreach - Basingstoke Cabinet RFS date 25th January 2010 (from FTTC phase 2 - 60 day early market deployment update)
Basingstoke FTTC Trial() Jason's Site
thinkbroadband.com - FTTC - Basingstoke!
Flickr - fibre to the cabinet - progress on Basingstoke rollout
Google Maps - Basingstoke FTTC DSLAM Cabinets
Destination Basingstoke - News by Category - Basingstoke nets super-fast broadband in boost for local business
Chineham Chat Magazine
Chineham Parish Council
Broadband in Basing
Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia - Fibre to the x
SamKnows Broadband - Availability - Basingstoke (THBZ) Exchange
Broadband Genie - Trouble for Basingstoke broadband users
eHampshire - Not Spots
Basingstoke and Deane Broadband Map
BBC NEWS | Technology | UK broadband 'notspots' revealed
BBC NEWS - Have Your Say - Are you in a broadband notspot?
BT Openreach - Find out when Super-fast Fibre Access is likely to be coming in your area
BT Openreach - Super-fast Fibre Access - The future starts here - Transforming your broadband experience - Download brochure
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