Brockley's super-fast broadband roll-out speeded up

Brockley will get BT Infinity super-fast broadband access by the end of this year, according to the BT website.

BT has brought forward the date for the upgrade of the Deptford exchange to December 31st 2011. The exchange serves most of this area and the timetable for its upgrade had slipped to September 2012. Hopefully, the fact that new year is only a few months away means that December 31st is the final date.

Thanks to Mike for letting us know.

26 comments:

Matt-Z said...

Great news if true. A word of caution though, BT's lead times for the exchange upgrades are notorious for slipping and changing. The exchange local to my office was originally slated for upgrade over 18 months ago. We're still waiting.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean we can get Virgin Media in SE4 now too?

mb said...

I get 14mb (on a good day) from my 20mb contract. I thought that was a bit unlikley but a BT engineer tested it while here on an unrelated issue and confirmed that I had a great connection to the local box/exchange so I should be smoking when I get the 40mb service.

It's "fibre to the cabinet" so distance from there is the limiting factor rather than the exchange? I'll be able to annoy Lou faster now.

Anonymous said...

So is the telephone exchange another definition of the boundaries of Brockley? That is, after the boundary defined by the postcode; Lewisham Ward; 'historical'; conservation area and Nicks fevered imagination?

Anonymous said...

I remember hearing this was meant to happen a year ago and nothing ever seemed to change. Have a feeling I don't get my net from the Deptford exchange though. Am just West of the station, anyone know if my 6mb will rise come early 2012?

Matt-Z said...

@Anon 11:40 - There's not much cable TV provision in Brockley, especially in the Conservation Area. Virgin have no plans to install it either, I have asked them several times but it's not on their radar. Strange really as with the high population density and number of flats and apartments you'd think there would be a good case for it.

fong said...

I have Virgin and I am in SE4

Anonymous said...

This is great news. I'll hold off dowloading 101 Power Ballads volume two.

Anonymous said...

I have virgin TV and am in the conservation area

mintness said...

Me too, but he did say "not much".

I Broccoli Brockley said...

Will this benefit everyone using broadband, or just those with a BT package? We're with talk talk and it's generally poo, as is our TV reception. And the water pressure. Though realise this last one is probably unconnected.

Lou Baker said...

@mb

I look forward to you annoying me faster.

Isn't it interesting that BT (a private company) is making the internet faster - much to our joy.

Meanwhile in your industry, Network Rail (a state monolith) is not making the trains faster - much to our annoyance.

Anonymous said...

Forgive my ignorance, as a man i feel like this is something i should know but i don't.

Is the Fibre Optic going to run to Deptford Exchange, to the Cabinets on the side of the road or to the house?

If it is just to Deptford then won't the distance from there to your house affect the speed of the connnection?

When the website tells me i could get 30MB with BT Infinity, i assume that it means if i select the 40MB package i will get up to 30MB speed (losing 25% due to other factors such as distance from the exchange) - If i select the 20MB package will i be guaranteed 20MB or will i lose 25% of that as well?

Is there anyway to get his speed without signing back up to BT given that the last time i spoke to them i told them that i would rather communicate with flags and smoke signals than have to deal with them ever again.

Matt-Z said...

Low grade fishing Lou.

BT have dragged their heels over speeding up the internet for years. FTTC, unbundling the loop etc, opening up to competitors etc have all been slow, late and ultimately paid for by the consumer. They even refuse to increase broadband speed for some rural areas as it's not profitable enough.

Network Rail is far from perfect, but much better than Railtrack which came before it, and put dividends before passengers at every opportunity. There are numerous infrastructure projects on the go currently which are speeding up train journeys, such as projects to reduce the number of flat junctions, introduce segregated freight loops and chords, and who could forget your favourite, the London Overground, where the dilapidated North London line has been transformed.

mb said...

Depends on how you argue it Lou. Almost all big capital works that LU and NR carry out are done by private contractors. Tublines and Metronet being but two....how DID that work out by the way? whos fault? see the parlimentry reports to find out, mostly the contractors on that occasion.

I'm not making any kind of point other than big complex projects go right and wrong for a variety of reasons. If you ever work for or with these companies, either from the client side or as the contractor themselves you'd relalise this. Waste and cock up is all around, as is good practice and efficiency.

mb said...

I'm on 20mb and get 14mb (on a good day) so yes, 20 or 40 is the mak and is dependant on your connection to the cabinet I believe (for infinity)

Confused and frustrated said...

OK. We have ridiculously slow broadband. We can't watch iPlayer/4oD/youtube etc in the evenings or weekends.

We are with Sky broadband. I have just done a speed test and my download speed is 1.31mb/s and upload 0.35mb/s. At the moment the internet is running faster than usual!

I have presumed that this is due to where we are in the conservation area and that there is nothing we can do about it. But having looked in the BT website it's estimated a 5.5mb/s speed with BT total broadband. Could I get this faster speed with BT or are they just trying to entice me?

Lep Recorn said...

Anonymous 15:55

(Nothing wrong with ignorance it can be cured with information. Now stupidity is a very different matter as some postings and posters around here demonstrate.)

The fibre will go to the cabinet and will still come the last few tens of metres to your house by copper. The 40MB speed is the maximum possible speed. The actual speed is always less than this for a variety of reasons, mostly congestion from other users using the cabinet and/or the exchange.

I think the 20MB package is only available as a stop gap until the 40MB becomes available. If you take the 20MB now there will be a free upgrade to 40MB when . . .

I agree BT is the absolute pits . . . apart from all othe other providers who are equal or worse pits . . .

Anonymous said...

it doesnt make any difference what provider you get it all comes down the same cables

Not so confused but still frustrated..... said...

Thanks Anon 20.47

That's what I thought but wanted to check.

mb said...

not sure about that, yes the physical cables and the like are the same but they buy capacity from BT. If they have bought less space then they need for the number of customers they have signed up then they have to spread the capacity between those customers. So it's a combination of the quality of the line (the same for all?) and how much room they have to squeeze the customers data needs into.

I think...a computer geek will know.

pip said...

It's an important question that I too would like an answer to. It's hard to believe that BT would allow non-BT customers to benefit equally from their investment in faster broadband, unless as a result of regulatory pressure.

mb said...

Well it depends on how much 'space' the other providers have bought so not necesarily BTs fault. Also BT run the backbone but others pay them so it's not entierly 'their' investement, I am guessing a little here though. Iused to work for Alcatel, we layed sub-sea telecom cables to operators who then leased space on their systems. BT international trafic is probably not on a BT cable. They used to lay their own cables but anyone can lay one now.

mb said...

...cables like these... I helped design some of those systems *proud face* Designed and built in Greenwich don't you know.

http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Technology/Pix/pictures/2008/02/01/SeaCableHi.jpg

THNick said...

Has anyone else in Telegraph Hill (or North West Brockley to Nick) checked if they can get the new super-fast broadband. We're with the New Cross exchange which apparently has been upgraded but can't get the service, with no idea when they might run it to our street.

Danja said...

At present, different providers over the BT infrastructure have the capability to offer better performance than BT if they invest in installing better equipment in the exchange (which they have the right to do). Of course, some may choose to improve speeds by lying - sorry, marketing - rather than investing in expensive equipment.

Once it is fibre to cabinet, my guess would be that all providers are likely to be much the same, with the main bottleneck being moved out of the exchange to the cabinet. But then I don't know if alternate providers have the right to change things in the cabinet - given the space constraints, I would guess not.

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