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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Cumbria superfast broadband roll-out is gathering speed

THE ROLL-OUT of superfast broadband in Cumbria is gathering pace with 30 street side cabinets now live and at least 10,000 properties due to be connected by the end of the year.

They are bringing speeds of at least 24 Mbps to areas around Ulverston and Dalton and at least another 24 cabinets will be live by the end of 2013.

Cumbria County Council, which is delivering the Connecting Cumbria project with BT, says the project is making “great progress” and should be able to bring forward some of the work scheduled for next year.

It is hoped six exchanges will now be connected this year rather than in 2014, with an announcement due soon on where that work will take place.

Cabinets with superfast broadband are now available in these Ulverston locations: North Lonsdale Road; Lund Terrace; Ulverston Road junction with Rufus Lane in Swarthmoor; Victoria Road opposite Conishead Road; Springfield Road, north of the bridge; County Square; Main Road junction with Trinkeld Ave, Swarthmoor; Springfield Road junction with The Drive; Victoria Road junction Lightburn Road; Priory Road; Appletree Road junction with Yewbarrow Road; Mountbarrow Road junction with Meeting House Lane; Urswick Road junction with Meeting House Lane.

Cabinets are also live at two locations in Dalton: Ulverston Road and the Library Centre, Trafalgar Court and Nelson Street.

Elsewhere, the Connecting Cumbria project has seen cabinets go live in Carlisle, Penrith and Maryport.

County councillor David Southward, who is responsible for the roll-out, says he is delighted with the start made towards the target of delivering superfast broadband to 93 per cent of homes by 2015.

He said: “The roll-out of Connecting Cumbria is progressing really well. People can see the BT Openreach engineers out there doing the work, delivering the miles and miles of fibre cable needed to criss-cross this huge county of ours.

“Not only are we on track for delivering what we said we would in 2013, but even seem to be ahead of schedule, with more people able to get superfast broadband in 2013 than the programme originally envisioned.”

Have your say

I live in kirkbride, if dates are to be brought forward then please alter the projected dates as you seem to forget that if long dates are given then its easy to get tide into to contacts, rather than wait a bit longer with your existing contract.

Posted by jon on 29 October 2013 at 18:31

I've heard of that happening with the ADSL speed drops. Not sure of the technical reasons - perhaps some form of interference from the VDSL signals.

For what it's worth, if your cabinet is live it may well be cheaper as well as faster (check out BT and Plusnet) and so worth hopping on.

Posted by Cloud on 28 October 2013 at 15:58

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