Living in Central Reading, we were pleased to see that BT Infinity was planned to be rolled-out to our area on 31st December 2010. That was before Christmas and then the date changed to 31st March 2011.
I emailed BT and a helpful chap explained that the bad weather meant that repairs to damaged lines had taken priority over the roll-out of new services (fair enough) and that is why Central Reading would not be upgraded until 31st March 2011.
I now see that the date has moved yet again to 30th June 2011. I wrote another email to BT and received a rather poorly written (grammar and spelling dreadful!) reply, advising that BT Infinity was not available in my area and that my interest had been registered - Absolutely no help at all and clearly my query had not been addressed.
I appreciate that many people are eagerly anticipating BT Infinity and are still further away from getting it according to the roll-out plan today but it is not unreasonable to expect a reply to a simple query and I have no faith in the 30th June 2011 date now... I am fully expecting it to change in May and move back a further 3 months.
I can't be bothered to try and get another reasonable explanation from BT and have resigned myself to the fact that 40MB downloads here are unlikely....
Ohhhh dear I think you may be right.... about more delay.
I believe this is the most recent "Super-fast Fibre Access exchange" info.-
PC (Desperately seeking Infinity)
Ha-ha! Being proved right is not always a good thing! :smileymad:
I wish you better luck wherever you are.
Here in Milton Keynes, I am in more or less the same situ. I too, was excited about the original 30/12/2010 FTTC date for my exchange. Infact, I nearly signed up to BT (currently with TT) early in Dec '10 on the promise that come end of the month, I would be on a blazing fast >30mb! How wrong I was - the date was first moved to 31/03/2011 and then later to 30/09/2011. Who knows to where next it will be further moved?
All this means I am going to be another 7 months (at least) on my crawling 0.49Mb connection - Thanks BT!
The infuriating thing is that BT OpenReach does not even bother to explain the delays- it's all hush-hush, as if it's about nuclear weapons or something - FFS, this is flippin Broadband infrastructure!
Done with my rant, but I ain't holding my breath for that Sept date either!
Another Milton Keynes based customer here with the same story as above. My Shenley Church End exchange was scheduled for 31/12/10, then 01/03/11 and now says 31/09/11.
I moved to a new broadband supplier with no minimum contract in preperation for Infinity, only to find it has been delayed.
The most disappointing fact of the delayed rollout is that what I would consider the 'smaller' areas in and around Milton Keynes have been handled first.
For example: Bletchley, Newport Pagnell, Bradwell.
Was there a specific roll out plan for Milton Keynes? If so, why was the larger exchanges and businesses not considered first?
I am interested to hear any engineers thoughts.
I think you will find that Bletchley is covered by the Milton Keynes exchange with nearly 20,000 premises connected and Shenley on about 12,000. Geographically Milton Keynes Exchange covers a more densely populated area.
Strange that the RFS date on both Milton Keynes and Shenley now show an RFS date of 11th March 2011
Please could you tell me where you are getting that RFS date? I assume you mean Ready For Service. I only have access to the main bt.com/inifinity site which reads 31st September 2011.
To confirm without giving my number away, I live in Furzton and I am approximately 900 meters away from the exchange.
Now on here the last couple of months it has been 31st March, but just moved to the 11th. But and this is the big but. The exchange may be ready but your Green Cabinet may not be. One other thing if you are that close to the exchange and connected directly you will more than likely not even get infinity.