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Superfast Worcestershire is branching out despite the challenges of overgrown trees

Tuesday 1st August, 2017

Superfast Worcestershire is branching out despite the challenges of overgrown trees

Bringing fibre cabling to rural properties has its challenges. People living and working in Oddingley, a village approximately 5 miles north-east of Worcester, are getting access to ultrafast fibre broadband for the first time thanks to the Superfast Worcestershire partnership spearheaded by Worcestershire County Council, BT and the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme. The technology we’re deploying in this particular area of the county is Fibre to the Premises technology, which means a fibre cable runs directly from the telephone exchange to a property.

There are lots of different challenges that we face as part of our drive to bring fibre broadband to some of the county’s more remote communities. Over-hanging trees is one of the more sensitive issues that Openreach - our network provider - has to deal with whilst working to bring the technology to Oddingley, working with their contractor Carillion Telent. First of all they need to undertake surveys to evaluate what, if any, trees need to be trimmed. As you can see this won't be an easy task for Carillion Telent project manager, Jon Linnane (pictured) - clearly, any pruning or lopping requires the full permission of the landowner before any work can go ahead.  

Other considerations when rolling out the technology include: possible access to private land, co-ordinating engineering work with key harvesting and planting periods, and, increasingly, working in narrow rural roads, which might require road closures to get the job done.

If you live in Oddingley and would like to be kept updated on our roll-out, please register your interest here. The work currently being undertaken in Oddingley will enable households and businesses served by structure V35 on Droitwich telephone exchange to access ultrafast fibre broadband. Follow the progress of this structure here

Fibre to the Premises technology is capable of delivering download speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) and upload speeds of up to 220Mbps, subject to availability by participating service providers. Speeds referred to are the top wholesale speeds available from BT’s local network business, Openreach, to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.