My local exchange has been upgraded by BT, but I cannot receive superfast broadband – will I still benefit from this project?
BT and Virgin both currently supply superfast broadband to a few areas in Devon and Somerset. When BT announce that they are upgrading an exchange to their Infinity product (fibre to the cabinet, or FttC) they do not necessarily upgrade all cabinets, only those that will provide a return on investment to BT (typically 50-85% of cabinets). There is also an issue of premises served by direct lines (exchange only lines) that do not pass through a green cabinet at all, and so can miss out on receiving the new superfast service.
Where an area is not receiving a superfast broadband service, and there are currently no known announcements of superfast broadband (shown as white on the superfast broadband map) then the area is “in scope” for the Connecting Devon and Somerset project.
This includes postcodes served by cabinets from BT FttC exchanges where the cabinet has not been upgraded. As we are still in a procurement situation, we cannot provide any specific information on the infrastructure roll out. However, the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme has the aim of delivering superfast broadband to at least 85% of premises in the Devon/Somerset region by 2015 with the remainder by 2020.