Thursday, 15 October 2015

Superfast Broadband for Nocton

Update from OnLincolnshire

The last blog on this matter was dated 21st September 2015.  Many thanks to Jim Mellor for chasing this up:

From: Jim Mellor
Sent: 12 October 2015 14:24
To: OnLincolnshire
Subject: Re: Contact Us Form - Onlincolnshire Website

Hi Owen,

I wondered if you had any news following on from the email below?

Kind regards,
James Mellor

"Hello James,

Metheringham 3 is already live, but unfortunately it is too far away from Nocton to provide any uplift in speed; however it was identified early during deployment that this would be the case so we submitted a change request to BT asking them to carry out additional work to enhance coverage. This work will involve BT extending the fibre down to a secondary connection point ('pillar') in Nocton which will then allow individuals to order superfast broadband once it is live.

I have just send an email to the BT Openreach project manager asking him to confirm the position of this work; I believe it has passed through the necessary audit/governance hurdles and is now being planned, but I will clarify the exact situation once I have a response from BT.

Kind regards,
Owen Williams"

From: OnLincolnshire
Sent: 12 October 2015 14:34
To: 'Jim Mellor'
Subject: RE: Contact Us Form - Onlincolnshire Website

Hello James,

This was being discussed with BT last Thursday, the work is going ahead, but we are waiting for BT to confirm an estimated timeframe for the work; as soon as we have a timeframe I will update you.

Kind regards,
Owen Williams

Corporate Support (Projects & Training team)
Supporting Lincolnshire Broadband Programme
Lincolnshire County Council
Tel: 01522 552296

From: Owen Williams
Date: 13 October 2015 at 12:49:02 BST
To: James Mellor
Subject: FW: Contact Us Form - Onlincolnshire Website

Hello again James,

BT have now provided confirmation that a new cabinet (Metheringham 16) has been added to the work plan officially to cover the additional work we requested in Nocton; this work is scheduled for Q4 (01/01/2016 - 31/03/2016).

Kind regards,
Owen Williams

Corporate Support (Projects & Training team)
Supporting Lincolnshire Broadband Programme
Lincolnshire County Council
Tel: 01522 552296

I too have received a response to an enquiry, which gives slightly more information:

Good Morning Geoff.

You are right in your observations regarding our upgrading of Cab.3, specifically, the pillar that feeds Nocton which we will convert into a cabinet. At this very early stage, BT are committing to Q4 2015-16, so the expected completion date will be 31st March 2016, although as we get nearer the date, we will do everything we can to pull it in sooner.

There are 210 premises fed from the structure we are proposing to upgrade and all will get Superfast broadband I'm told. I cannot publish the postcodes being fed from the cabinet at this point as this is deemed commercially sensitive under the contract.

However, the fact that all premises off this structure is estimated to receive Superfast speeds gives a pretty good indication of what will be available post-upgrade.

As we move into Q4, we will monitor more closely.


Steve Brookes
Lincolnshire Broadband Programme Manager
Tel. 01522 552450
Mob. 07825 043978

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  1. Geoff, sure this is old news, however, just in case it has not been confirmed from elsewhere.

    I have been informed that I can get BT Infinity 2 (75-80Mb) from Cabinet 12. Have ordered via BT and been given a go live date of 28/10/15.

    Thanks for all the information/ communications to date, very much appreciated. Stu Watson.

  2. Thanks Stu - this is really helpful as it puts another piece into the jigsaw regarding our broadband service in the village.

    Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC)
    - Cabinet 3 is located at the junction of the B1188 with Lincoln Rd (Dunston). This cabinet feeds properties in both Dunston and Nocton and is fibre-enabled. However, because Cabinet 3 (Dunston) is located some distance away from Pillar 3/2 (Nocton) and is still connected by copper line, Nocton residents cannot currently benefit from the fibre-enabled service offered by Cabinet 3. Pillar 3/2 therefore needs to be upgraded to a new fibre-enabled cabinet.
    - The good news is that Pillar 3/2 is due to be upgraded to fibre before 31st March 2016 and will become Cabinet 16. With 210 premises fed from this cabinet (Postcodes: LN4 2BA; 2BB; 2BH; 2BJ; 2BN; 2BP; 2BS; 2BT; 2BW; 2BX; 2BZ; 2DA; 2DB), it is welcome news to many of the residents who have waited patiently for BT Infinity, myself included.
    - Cabinet 12 is located at the junction of Manor Farm/Potterhanworth Rd and feeds a further 62 properties in Nocton (Postcodes: LN4 2BE, 2BF, 2BQ and 2DJ). These postcodes are located around the Manor Farm, Parklands Avenue, Nocton Park Road areas. It now appears that orders for BT Infinity are being taken from these properties which are linked to this Cabinet.
    - Both Cabinet 3 and Cabinet 12 feed directly off Metheringham Exchange.


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