Fibre Optic Broadband comes closer to Oxton

 An update on the Village Plan Broadband Speeds project from Vince Smith. 

Most of the people in the village will be aware that the new BT “Green Box” box has arrived signaling a step closer to high speed broadband reaching Oxton.

Whilst I have found it impossible to get any official indication from BT or Openreach, who are responsible for the Cable installation, as to when the high speed service will be up and running, this is how I see the situation developing:

The Openreach website, which indicates the roll out plan for the supply of Fibre Optic Cabling, shows that the service will be into our exchange at Woodborough (Calverton) by the year end. This appears to be on schedule and Openreach engineers are working around the area pulling the cable through for connection to local cabinets. I have also been told by engineers on the job that our cabinet should be connected by the year end (I must stress, however, that this is totally unofficial).

If the timings above turn out to be confirmed then we ought to be able to assume that the high speed BT service (Infinity) would be available in the early part of 2012, but we are talking about BT so making such an assumption could be rash. A trawl of internet forums discussing the implementation of the high speed service have indicated delays of months in some instances after the appearance of the “Green Box”, but only a few weeks ago the roll out date for the service connecting to our exchange was Dec. 2012 so lets stay confident.

It would probably be useful if as many people as possible register their interest in “Infinity” with BT even if they have done so previously. It can be done at this link simply by inserting your landline number. It may help to push things along.

A particular question that hangs over the arrival of high speed Fiber To The Cabinet (FTTC) is how much will the speed be reduced by passing through the existing copper cable to individual properties. I am finding this to be a typical “how long is a piece of string?” question and the best I can get is that the speed is affected by the length and quality of the copper cable. Not very helpful I am afraid and I would be very pleased to hear from any technophiles out there who could help with this one. It is probably going to have to be a wait and see after we get the Fibre into the village. One would like to assume, however, that everyone signing up should see a significant improvement albeit at an additional cost (another assumption I’m afraid).

Something for the future is Fibre To The Property (FTTP) which, as the name implies, involves the replacement of the copper cable from the cabinet to individual properties by Fibre. This allows for very high speeds up to 100M in some cases as it obviously cuts out the slowing down factor of copper. Although this is already in use in some areas it is far from widespread and often only on a trial basis. As BT/Openreach is putting maximum effort into rolling out FTTC to reach two thirds of the UK by the end of 2014 it seems very unlikely that FTTP is going to be into Oxton anytime soon.

If anyone has any comments or suggestions regarding any of the above please send them to me at

All the best for the Festive Season

Vince Smith

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