We are currently deploying Superfast and Ultrafast infrastructure nationally. The scale of our fibre roll-out is massive, covering both Fibre to the Cabinet and Fibre to the Premises technologies.
We’re committed to the timescales given in our fibre checker, but things do change.
Good news, your community is part of a fibre upgrade plan. However, we don’t have a specific date when the work will begin. Once the work has started you will move into the "Design" stage of the fibre journey.
We’re drawing up our network plans and assessing the best way to bring fibre to your area. We currently deliver fibre to you in two ways. Sometimes we use a combination of fibre and your existing copper line to deliver our Superfast network (Fibre to the Cabinet). At other times we connect fibre directly to your property (Fibre to the Premises). We often need permission from the local authority while also considering the wishes of your community in terms of look and practicality. At the end of this design process, we’ll have a blueprint in place for delivering fibre to your community.
We’ll now take the blueprints from the design stage to your community, and check that what looks good on paper works in the real world. Our surveyor needs to check that there’s enough space alongside all the existing utilities underground for our new cables, and whether there’s enough space to accommodate our equipment. We’ll also need to determine whether we’ll need to close any roads to install fibre and, if so, apply to the local authority for road traffic management, traffic lights etc... We’ll work closely with your local authority to make sure fibre is installed safely and with the minimum of disruption to local people.
At this point we’re ready to start the physical work in your community. We’ll be installing the new equipment and bringing fibre cables from your local telephone exchange to your area. You might see our teams working in the footway boxes along your street as they bring the fibre cable through the underground ducts or overhead on telephone poles. Putting our equipment in position might cause a bit of disruption with traffic diversions and closed pavements and we’ll do our best to reduce this. Throughout the build phase we continue to work closely with the power companies and local authorities to reduce delays and keep disruption to a minimum.
For a Fibre to the Cabinet connection this stage is about connecting the power and fibre cables to the cabinet in your area. The existing and new cabinets are now connected to each other by underground copper cables. The physical build is now completed and there shouldn’t need to be any further works in your area. For a Fibre to the Premises connection this stage is part of the build phase.
We’re performing our final quality and safety checks in your area. We’ll let service providers know that Superfast or Ultrafast connections are available.
Service providers can now offer Superfast and Ultrafast fibre broadband for homes and businesses. Check out the deals they have available on their websites for you at home and for business and choose the one that best meets your needs.