BT have just announced they will be upgrading a number of exchanges in Devon and Somerset. Does this mean that they will be rolling out superfast Broadband anyway?
BT have made various announcements about locations where they are rolling out their BT Infinity programme. Some of the main towns and cities across Devon and Somerset have been included in this list. In areas where the upgraded BT exchanges enable the services that meet the aims of the Connecting Devon andSomerset programme we won’t need to spend public money. However, despite the BT upgrade, thousands of homes and businesses across Devon and Somerset will still be without a better broadband service. The Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme will help plug the gap.
BT maintains a searchable map and a downloadable list of exchange areas where they have or will be rolling out FttC, but note that it does not give detail down to cabinet level, and they do not upgrade every cabinet in an exchange area. BT have stated:
“Openreach averages 85% coverage of homes and businesses within an enabled exchange area”.