We hear today that orders are now being taken for the Faster Broadband in Whitchurch and that four of the ‘cabinets’ are now ‘live’ enabling many people to ‘sign up’ to receive the faster service as early as next week.
This is excellent news.

Check your possible speeds
The Faster Broadband campaign team advises internet users to see if they can receive the service through the BT website or their own providers which will also give an estimate of the speeds attainable.

At the end of last year the campaign team was informed that every line within the 01256 89 exchange area would have the opportunity for faster speeds, and that there would be a phased introduction.

Top in the UK
Last year the Whitchurch campaign team, supported by the Town Council, several other businesses and organisations and the hard work of local residents, took the town to the top of the table in the UK Race to Infinity.
Since those heady days the installation has been fraught with a number of delays, as previously reported, but it seems we are now reaching the final goal when businesses, and residents can start to take the benefits of the much faster speeds.

Others companies will also be offering the faster service over the coming months.

As a member of the campaign team says:
Whitchurch will no longer be left behind.

Still to come
There are still other broadband initiatives in the pipeline including some local sponsorship and attendance of the BT Broadband bus at the Carnival.
Watch for further details.

Comments (8)

  • Phillippa

    I am on the phone to BT now, we live in Skylark Rise and haven’t a hope in getting anywhere near infinity speeds for ages. If we are lucky then we will get up to 17 mb at the end of November! So, it seems to be a lot of hype with no substance! A more accurate message on the Town website would be helpful to avoid more people wasting their time in trying to check this out.

    Ed. note: As we reported in the article, some of the cabinets are working and many around town are now able to place orders for the faster broadband. As we previously reported, BT told us that the roll-out to everyone would be delivered in phases: Faster Broadband Approaching Slowly. We have not been told by BT of any dates being November although some work at the Whitchurch telephone exchange this week has prevented at least one person from signing up for the BT Infinity package.

  • isar

    Phillippa

    Skylark Rise is on the cabinet picked for FTTP and will get 100mbit (soon to be 330mbit) in the coming months. People on the 4 other cabinets in town that had FTTC upgrade are now live for upto 76mbit.

    The BT checker is only showing FTTC data and not FTTP at this time and that is why you get no BT Infinity result at this time.

    The 17mb BT told you is nothing to do with Infinifty, it is ADSL2 upto 24mbit that will happen August to November this year when Whitchurch exchange is 21c enabled (knowing BT this will be late).

    2 or 3 more FTTC cabinets are to be installed soon outside the town to give high speed broadband to outskirts of Whitchurch.

    You can order FTTC from most ISP’s not just BT… BT Infinity is just the name BT use for FTTC.

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  • Penny

    We’re just outside Hurstbourne Priors and still only get test results of 0.2 mb/s and 0.15 mb/s down/upload speeds. We have an 01256 89 number and our broadband has deteriorated massively since we won the Infinity thing, sometimes it’s barely better than dial-up used to be.

  • nickss

    Is there a map available online which shows which houses will connect to which cabinets?

    Checked with BT yesterday for my address on Oakland Road and the support desk had no date on their system for when Infinity will be available.

    Thanks

    Ed.Note: If BT provides a map to you, then let us know and we can put it here! Otherwise, see our previous story which lists some of the roll-out info: Faster Broadband Approaching Slowly

  • isar

    penny:

    Hurstbourne Priors
    will have its own FTTC cab installed

    nickss:

    oakland road RG28 7HH
    is served by cab2 so you will be getting FTTP so bt will not have date at the moment

  • Nohj

    According to the BT website Kings Walk is in the same boat as Phillippa with the only speed mentioned being the 17MB in November.
    Is there somewhere else on the BT website one should look?

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    isar says:
    May 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Phillippa

    Skylark Rise is on the cabinet picked for FTTP and will get 100mbit (soon to be 330mbit) in the coming months. People on the 4 other cabinets in town that had FTTC upgrade are now live for upto 76mbit.

    The BT checker is only showing FTTC data and not FTTP at this time and that is why you get no BT Infinity result at this time.

    The 17mb BT told you is nothing to do with Infinifty, it is ADSL2 upto 24mbit that will happen August to November this year when Whitchurch exchange is 21c enabled (knowing BT this will be late).

    2 or 3 more FTTC cabinets are to be installed soon outside the town to give high speed broadband to outskirts of Whitchurch.

    You can order FTTC from most ISP’s not just BT… BT Infinity is just the name BT use for FTTC.

  • nickss

    I have found this link which has some good information on the roll out plans
    http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/

    Ed.note: That OpenReach website (the folks who installed the faster broadband fibre equipment) is showing “Coming Soon – June 2012” for at least one Whitchurch postcode where it has been available for about 2 weeks. Latest roll-out info we have from them is in our previous article: Faster broadband approaching slowly

  • Steve Wright

    Had mine installed yesterday. 55Mbps down and 13Mbps up 🙂

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