Celebration in Rooksdown tonight, as PCP95’s VDSL2 cabinet has been declared “ready for service”, and residents connected through it can now order an upgrade to superfast fibre broadband at up to 80Mbps… a massive upgrade from previous highs of 1-2Mbps.
Following repeated chasing of Openreach, whilst they missed their self-imposed target of 31st March by a week, they have been noticibly pulling out all the stops to get the cabinet completed, agreeing with the highways authority to work 5am-9am during the Easter holidays to connect the fibre itself, and today commissioning the cabinet and making it live the same day, appearing to do so around 9.30pm.
It’s not known if Openreach were able to install additional line cards in the cabinet, we shall monitor it to see if it “sells out” quickly like PCPs 92 and 102 did.
For residents looking to upgrade to fibre and interested in the best deals, BT themselves currently have a great offer on unlimited 40/10 fibre, especially if you also take advantage of additional cash back from sites like Quidco. With a £100 reward card, plus £110 Quidco cashback, and the fibre itself reduced to £10/mo + line rental, even including the up front router delivery charge and a £49 activation charge, the monthly cost of fibre plus line rental averages about £15.20 over the 12 months – less even than the regular line rental cost on its own.