12 December 2016
It is getting close to Christmas now and with the countdown about to start we want to make sure we’ve got some great surprises in time for the big day.
Throughout November the team have been braving the bad weather to get as many areas in Leicester and Leicestershire switched on and able to order fibre broadband.
There has been lots of planning work behind the scenes and we are hoping that in the next few weeks we will see many more fibre broadband cabinets connected. We’ve also been spending some time getting our interactive map up to scratch and it is now live! We hope you find it very useful but as always, feedback is welcome.
We’ll also be shortly welcoming back our Superfast elves in a new kind of countdown. Keep an eye on Twitter and search #candycaneclues.
Cabinets experiencing challenges
These cabinets are currently experiencing some challenges and are being worked on daily to be resolved. They are also treated as a priority within the project.
Narborough 37 (parts of Narborough) – there are issues with the main fibre network connection meaning that this cabinet is not yet connected. Engineers continue to work to resolve the connection problems. We are hoping to get this cabinet live in the next few months.
Rearsby 1 (Thrussington) – The proposed re-route for this cabinet has been an engineering feat in itself. The surveying of the land and underground checking that was initially carried out is now being completely re-done from scratch.
The new route avoids the rail network and stretches a significant distance further than the previous route. This will not impact on speeds. Existing underground ducts are usually used to put fibre through, however, in this case, at least 600m will need to be completely new ducting.
Our intent is to continue with the plan and work through the re-route section by section. As the planned route is proving to be more difficult than anticipated the cabinet is going to take longer which inevitably means it will unfortunately not be delivered in time for the New Year. However, we are confident that in taking the time to carefully carry out this plan, we are bringing the end goal closer. As always, we will continue to update you as the plans progress but please get in touch if you have any specific concerns or worries.
Please be aware that these dates are subject to change depending on the individual situation. The Superfast Leicestershire team will continue to keep you updated with the latest changes. Follow the Twitter updates using the hashtag #SuperfastLeics
This refers to the new green boxes which stand usually adjacent to the existing green roadside box in your village. The new cabinet will house all the fibre connections; the existing green box houses the copper telephone lines. The two are then joined together.
The final 4%
We have identified around 15,000 properties across Leicestershire that are not currently due to have access to superfast broadband; our final four per cent. We are currently working on plans to reach more of these properties through a new phase of the programme.
We have asked BT to develop plans for additional coverage to the value of £5.6 million. We may also look at alternative technologies and delivery partners in an effort to get the best coverage possible for this investment.
Our fibre fox will be popping up soon on social media to tell you how to make the most of you superfast speed and the benefits of switching to fibre broadband.
Keep an eye out on @leicscountyhall and www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk
Visit the ‘When and Where?’ page of the Superfast Leicestershire website as the line checker is updated before anything else.
24 October 2016
The last few weeks have been spent expanding the fibre broadband network. Our surveyors have been out looking for the best spots in certain areas so when the structures are positioned, they will be able to reach the maximum number of homes and businesses with optimum speeds. We’ve also been spending some time in Leicester as there are many areas in the city that we are visiting for the very first time.
The map is now in its testing stage meaning our team is putting the map under scrutiny to ensure everything is correct. We will announce when the map is ready via our website and social media so keep an eye out on @leicscountyhall and www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk
National statistics show the need for faster broadband: