Having had the availability dates slip each quarter for the last year or so to the last indicated date of March 2013, we came home earlier this week to find Openreach digging a big hole in the pavement at the end of the road (the cabinet has been installed for months). With a download speed of less than 1MB we were hopeful, but when we checked the availability checker the date had again moved to end of June 2013. Curiously though, when I looked at the Openreach website, the yellow pin that had been showing against the cabinet advising of delays has now disappeared.
I also rang BT a couple of weeks ago to find out what it would cost to cancel to move to Virgin, and the lady I spoke to said that everything had been loaded onto my account ready for Infinity, which they wouldn't do if it wasn't imminent.
Does this sound promising?
If you wanted to leave you would have to pay the remaining amount of months left on your contract. You can then choose any ISP you want Sky, Plusnet, Virgin, etc
Mine started at 31-March-2011 and has been bumped every quarter to now stand at 31-March-2013. The other 35 cabinet nodes in our area completed rollout over a year ago. We get around 2.5Mb/s. 200 yards away they get 76Mb/s.
However, the BT Wholesale checker is showing a couple of things I hadn't noticed before:
The Stop Sale date for Datastream is from 30-Jun-2012; the Formal Retirement date for Datastream is from 31-Dec-2013. The Stop Sale date for IPstream is from 31-Dec-2012; the Formal Retirement date for IPstream is from 31-Dec-2013.
Could anyone suggest what these additional items mean?
Jon in Leeds.
I emailed firstname.lastname@example.org and have received a reply. Looks like I'm out of luck:
Your cabinet 19 has had several possible positions to locate it surveyed, however, the financials were too great to build and maintain this cabinet at this time and as such, this cab has been deferred from the programme. You must understand that this decision was not taken lightly, however, we have made a commitment to our customers, shareholders and the government to roll-out fibre broadband to 66% of the UK by November 2014. This is a complex and long term project with finite timescales and funding, we have to work within this confinement which ultimately means some areas are deferred. However, we do intend to revisit areas not included in the initial rollout for possible deployment at a later date.
I have just checked and my exchange (Marshals Cross, WA9) has just been put back from "End of 2013" to "End of 2014"
Thats a long long time!
I get about 4Mbps on a good day here so by 2014 + I would think even general web browsing would become a pain with such slow speeds.
Can anyone give any indication as to when Stevenage, Great Ashby, SG1 6GL might get FTTC as i've been waiting years with the dates keep changing but now I've noticed some work being done on the cabinets on Mendip Way but the BT checker still states Oct 13-March 14?
I'd suggest emailing email@example.com and telling them your postcode and what are the chances of FTTC in that area. They can take up to 15 working days to reply, but when they do it's usually worth the wait for a clear concise answer.