Fibre-optic broadband coming to Brockley soon (via Deptford and Forest Hill)

BT is rolling out its new fibre optic broadband network 'BT Infinity' to the exchanges which serve Brockley later this year.

On September 30th, it will turn on the service at Deptford, which serves Brockley. From December 31st, it will switch on the network at Forest Hill, which covers those parts of the BC area not covered by the Deptford exchange.

BT says the new cables will deliver download speeds of up to 40mb and upload speeds of 10mb, which means we will be able to abuse eachother at the speed of light. It will also enhance gaming and on-demand service delivery and of course, make life easier for many small businesses and freelance workers in the area, particularly for those currently unable to get Virgin.

Thinkbroadband reports the service will cost "£19.99 a month with a 20GB usage limit (£50 connection fee applies). The unlimited usage variant will cost £24.99 a month, but does save you the £50 connection fee. It also increases the upload speed from 2Mbps to 10Mbps."

Thanks to BCer Phil who spotted it.

26 comments:

Lorna J said...

FINALLY!! We move into the modern age! Can barely get 2mb at the moment. Drives me MENTAL.

Matt-Z said...

This is good news. I recently contacted Virgin to see if they were likely to cable the streets that were missed out all those years ago when Nynex / Cable London etc were busy trashing streets and digging through mains cables. They said 'no, it's too expensive'

Anonymous said...

I though it was because it is a Conservation Area the cables wasnt installed

Anonymous said...

Can't dig up Conservation Soil. Headhunter would be out with his notebook and pen within seconds.

Simon said...

BRING IT ON!

Headhunter said...

To true! I think one of the issues in the conservation area was that digging upv the roads would damage tree roots, but I'm not sure about that, I think I read that on this site somewhere...

PeterB said...

Dates for roll out of FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) are highly provisional at present.

BC area to the West of the Rail Line is in Inner London and served by New Cross Exchange which is provisionally due for activation at the end of December 2010.

Prices depend on the ISP used and will probably vary.

Conservation areas may not be covered since local amenity socities elsewhere have raised major objections to the size of the street cabinets needed.

The fastest connections currently available over telephone lines are from Be/02 who have their own equipment in the exchange. I get about 12Mbs down and 1Mbs up at the edge of the New Cross Exchange area

Q said...

Unfortunately, BrockleyNick, you won't be able to abuse anyone 'at the speed of light'- but at the speed at which the manmade process (fibre optic cable?)allows, which is much slower than the speed of light, even outisde a vacuum. If you want to abuse anyone at the speed of light just shine your headlights, or flash. (Though the latter will be a light reflection, half the speed of your headlights, and likely to land you in trouble.

sparky said...

I think it was a joke...

BT said...

Conservation Area wouldn't allow cables to be laid,then tried to stop Sat Dishes being put up for a while.

Falling standards said...

I've seen quite blatant use of electricity in the Conservation Area, and horseless carriages parked outside many of the houses - makes you wonder why we bother calling it a 'conservation area' at all.

Oaksys said...

I think that the Council got a bit tired of the cabling companies indiscriminately chopping through the roots of road/path side trees during the last cabling splurge.

I'd guess BT will do FTTC rather than FTTH, so the last 100 metres or so will be on the old copper cables laid ages ago.

Anonymous said...

Just as the fact that you have 22 feet of intestines inside your carcass means that the food that reaches your stomach is never really fresh. So, too with optical fibres. They only reach the green cabinet and the rest of the disance will be by copper cables, a much less efficient medium.

This means that should one wish to indulge in the most recent Internet craze du jour: chatroulette. Co-participants may yet find themselves short changed in their appreciation of your video stream, by our old friend: attenuated bandwidth.

And they call this progress?

Nux said...

I'm with Lorna! We were shocked at how crappy our internet speeds were when we moved to Brockley, one of the (very) few downsides of moving here... bring it on!

BT said...

I think the cable laying companies after many complaints,having to go under the roots,that's when it got to expensive.

Anonymous said...

Anyone have the cable service yet?

drakefell debaser said...

I have Virgin media which is at best disappointing when it comes to broadband speed. Does anyone on the Westside, or non-CA East, use Virgin and have a similar problem?

Anonymous said...

Bad news I'm afraid.

The BT map for rollout (http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=29017&s_cid=con_FURL_infinity#fiberMapConsumer) changed the date for the Deptford exchange to 31 December 2010 a few weeks ago. I've just checked again, and it's been moved to a rollout date of 30 September 2012. Yes, that's 2012.

It's ridiculous. But I can't see what can be done about it. I'm thinking about moving from BT in a tiny gesture of defiance.

Anonymous said...

I live in Ladywell and our local exchange is Rushey Green, March 2011 then although this might change.

In reference to Virginmedia, I have not had a good time with them. Bad Service and poor speed.

Infinity and beyond said...

For what it's worth my broadband got much faster when I switched to o2 broadband, despite bt's insistence that it would be the same or worse. Cheaper too if you have a mob with o2. Could still be faster though.

Ed said...

Nick, can we have an update?

The BT website suggests that my postcode at the Tea Factory (Brockley Cross) is on the Deptford exchange and says that will be up on 30th September 2012!

I am currently on O2 and get a good service but would like to stream HD movies asap...

I note that Catford and New Cross seem to be scheduled for New Year's eve!

Soniku said...

its now 2012 still no cable still now fiber-optics ¬_¬ .. not inpressed !

Soniku said...

no*

Uotinam said...

Keep Dreaming about getting Fibre in Brockley if your coming from the Deptford Exchange - Received email today from Openreach regarding FTTC (fibre to the cab) "Deptford PCP22" and "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." If you use the website portal they say 2014 - And they bump it up each year...

Owell back to my 5mbit where other I know are at 90mbit... yes big fat 90....

Uotinam said...

Keep Dreaming about getting Fibre in Brockley if your coming from the Deptford Exchange to Cabinet PCP22 -

Received email today from Openreach regarding FTTC (fibre to the cab) "Deptford PCP22" and "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." If you use the website portal they say 2014 - And they bump it up each year...

Owell back to my 5mbit where other I know others friend get 90mbit... yes big fat 90.

Brockley Even where the interwebs are back in time....

http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/

uotinam said...

FTTC ---- Deptford PCP22

Dear Lemmings --- this date is moved up each year.... so would not even bother waiting for March 2014...


EMAIL FROM OPENREACH 14 May 2013


You will appreciate, Openreach is rolling out fibre broadband on a strictly commercial basis. When calculating the commercial viability of cabinet areas we take many factors into account. These include ensuring that we locate the cabinets in accordance with all national and local planning laws, ensuring that the cabinet does not obstruct pedestrians or provide a danger to all road-users. We must ensure that the DSLAM is located within 100m of its associated telephony connection cabinet and that there is adequate access to power and existing telephony infrastructure. To further enable the location of the DSLAM, we must accurately survey for underground structure and obstacles etc. As such we look at the potential return for our investment over a substantial number of years, with the prospective number of take up of the service being a large percentage of households.

Your cabinet Deptford PCP22 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 Spring 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 previously deferred for possible deployment at a later date.

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