The Hampshire 22

[17/08/2015 UPDATE:  At our meeting with Openreach on 12th August, they committed to confirm with us whether each of the cabinets listed below is currently in their “commercial” programme, whether it is in the BDUK programme, or neither (in which case the community may look to gap fund it, etc).   We expect to receive and publish this information in the next 1-3 weeks, once Openreach have also confirmed each cabinet’s status with the BDUK programme.]

The good news (!) – we’re part of a very select bunch.  There are only 22 Openreach cabinets across Hampshire in their commercial superfast broadband programme which have not yet been made live, and our cabinet, Basingstoke PCP102, is one of them.

That contrasts with around 1599 cabinets which have been enabled commercially in Hampshire since the programme started in 2010.

Wave 1 of the Hampshire Superfast Programme has also passed the 50% mark, with roughly another 177 cabinets enabled and 160 to go.

Original implementation dates for the 22 cabinets are spread throughout the programme phases, so some have now been delayed many years, and ours is the only one originally due in 2015 so not technically late – yet! The problem with being in the commercial programme, but delayed, is that it is very hard to do anything about it;  you can’t provide gap funding as that it not the issue;  BDUK schemes can’t implement the cabinet as technically it’s still due to be implemented commercially;  but Openreach are very cagey about the cause of the delay, so if say, the developer of a site was preventing Openreach digging up the pavement to install power, or a council restriction had the same effect, it’s difficult to find out and apply any pressure to get things moving.

We call upon Hampshire’s Superfast Broadband Programme to use their leverage with Openreach through their BDUK partnership, to obtain and publish details on these 22 cabinets, with the cause of the delay and details of what is being done about it in each case; along with a realistic ‘human’ expectation (rather than a forecast date from the BT Wholesale website) of when each cabinet is most likely to go live.  Where developers of new estates, or councils (eg due to a section 58 agreement), are blocking the implementation, they should be named.

Four of the five delayed Basingstoke cabinets are on or serve new-build sites, which is telling.

Hampshire Fibre Cabinets On Enabled Exchanges
Hampshire Superfast Fibre Cabinets On Enabled Exchanges

The 22 cabinets are:

[Please see the notice in red at the top of this page]

Southampton Cabinet P60 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 06a 2011
Portsmouth North End Cabinet P51 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 06a 2011
Basingstoke Cabinet P20 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 06a 2011
Lymington Cabinet P2 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 09a 2012-2013
Hampton, Southampton Cabinet P69 FTTC Planned for 30th June 2015 Phase 09a 2012-2013
Bassett, Southampton Cabinet P7 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 09a 2012-2013
Winchester Cabinet P57 FTTC Planned for 31st March 2015 Phase 09b 2012-2013
Ringwood Cabinet P11 FTTC Planned for 30th June 2015 Phase 09b 2012-2013
Twyford Cabinet P2 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 10a 2013
Titchfield Cabinet P5 FTTC Planned for 30th June 2015 Phase 10a 2013
Titchfield Cabinet P11 FTTC Planned for 30th June 2015 Phase 10a 2013
Sherfield on Loddon Cabinet P15 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 10a 2013
Basingstoke Cabinet P95 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 10a 2013
Basingstoke Cabinet P92 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 10a 2013
Portsmouth Cabinet P72 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 11b 2013-2014
Hampton, Southampton Cabinet P63 FTTC Planned for 30th June 2015 Phase 11b 2013-2014
Hampton, Southampton Cabinet P53 FTTC Planned for 30th June 2015 Phase 11b 2013-2014
Hampton, Southampton Cabinet P5 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 11b 2013-2014
Hampton, Southampton Cabinet P26 FTTC Planned for 30th September 2015 Phase 11b 2013-2014
Hampton, Southampton Cabinet P17 FTTC Planned for 30th June 2015 Phase 11b 2013-2014
Hampton, Southampton Cabinet P11 FTTC Planned for 30th June 2015 Phase 11b 2013-2014
Basingstoke Cabinet P102 FTTC Planned (exchange ready 25th March 2011) Phase 13a 2015

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