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    BT FTTC

    I drove down the road this morning and noticed a massive motorised wheel pulling what looked to be black fibre cable into the duct beside our telephone cab. There is a BT van every few hundred yards going back down toward the exchange, and several BT engineers at intervals in between.

    Dare I get excited?

    I have been on 5mb ADSL for way too long!

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    Go and have a word!

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    I'm hoping they're there when I get home. I'll be straight on it!

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    I dream of 5Mb/s.

    My area had poles, etc installed some months ago. I've been waiting, regularly checking the superfastcornwall.org site to see when I can get upgraded. It tells me today that I can get FTTP, but go through BT's retails site and it initially says I can get FTTC too, but when I go through the order process, it estimates I can get 1.5Mb/s and I can't get FTTP. I'm assuming this is the usual BT disorganisation...

    I guess I need to wait longer for them to sort themselves out.

    meldrew

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    Sounds like it. When my area was done new cabs sprang up all across the village and a month or two later fibre was available.

    Just check Where and when - Superfast Fibre Broadband everyday. (It's way more informative now)

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    Thanks @madurham, that's really useful. I'm hoping it will come as quickly as that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardinho View Post
    I drove down the road this morning and noticed a massive motorised wheel pulling what looked to be black fibre cable into the duct beside our telephone cab. There is a BT van every few hundred yards going back down toward the exchange, and several BT engineers at intervals in between.

    Dare I get excited?

    I have been on 5mb ADSL for way too long!
    It will be they were doing it in my small town the other month and I just had my connection upgraded today.

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    Managed to get on to test the speed finally and this morning it was 5 meg and now it's:




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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    Managed to get on to test the speed finally and this morning it was 5 meg and now it's:



    Jealous!

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    Check out Welcome - Superfast Fibre Broadband whack your postcode in and it will tell you what's happening.

    They normally pull in the fibre guide and blow the fibre in.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Check out Welcome - Superfast Fibre Broadband whack your postcode in and it will tell you what's happening.

    They normally pull in the fibre guide and blow the fibre in.

    Ben
    Unfortunately my estate is fairly new so it doesn't have any details for my post code.

    A neighbour of mine was up there earlier and the BT engineer confirmed that they were laying the fibre guide.

    I'll be on the BT website twice a day until it goes live!

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    https://www.btwholesale.com/pages/st...y_Checker.html

    Will also tell you what cab services your home and what services are available.

    Ben

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    my parents can finally get fibre here and are having it installed on the 26th, they have 1.5 mbps atm down and 0.30 up, BT have done some genuinely stupid wiring to their house, theres an exchange much nearer (within 2 miles) that has a pole running within 400 yards of my parents house on the common land to a different part of where they live, but for some strange reason they have been wired on the telephone to an exchange at the max distance limit of ADSL and piggy backed off the local commercial estate half a mile from their house.

    Worse still is that BT have stuck a DP on their street here under a manhole cover on the common land, which regularly floods at winter for them, leaving them without broadband, which BT have done absolutely nothing about despite every engineer citing it as being something that needs to change.

    You wonder who makes these decisions at times with them regarding the planning and routing of the cabling, my only hope is that the fibre delivers anything over 5mb for them, as even youtube is a struggle for them here at the moment.
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    That sounds like grossly incompetent planning!

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    It could be worse than no FTTC available, you could have FTTC like mine

    FTTC Range A (Clean) 19.1 13.1 1.2 0.8 -- Available
    FTTC Range B (Impacted) 16.2 7.4 1 0.6 -- Available

    So this is a minimum estimate of 7.4 and maximum of 19Mb.
    When I actually had infinity installed (for 3 whole weeks), I managed 5Mb, I get 4Mb out of ADSL!

    Woe is me, for my FTTC cab is still a mile down the road :|



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