The function of this Blog is to act as a focus on our efforts to identify when the Avonbridge Exchange will actually be Fibre Enabled and relinquish it's dubious status as the only exchange in Central Scotland not yet enabled!



A short review of the history of the fibre broadband initiative for the uk.

In layman's terms the complete overhaul, relating to technology and infrastructure, to deliver very high data speeds to the home of an existing landline subscriber is very complex and expensive. It is therefore a National UK scale project with the delivery within Scotland being delegated to the Scottish Government under Reserved Powers. The organisation charged with delivery is called Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB). In short, DSSB are responsible for specifying the requirement in Scotland, seeking quotations from specialist potential contractors, like BTOpenreach, placing orders and managing the actual delivery of the service to landline subscribers. It is not practical to detail much here but you can get a much better idea by reading the report from Digital Connectivity in Scotland, fifth report of session 2017 to 2019

Section 3 gives a clear description.

In simple terms there are 3 phases. Phase 2 "finished" in December 2017 with the claim that the target of "95% of UK" premises are now covered in terms of access to superfast broadband. Phase 2 was in process when the work to convert many rural exchanges in our region was started, including Avonbridge. Clearly DSSB have not delivered on Phase 2 since landline subscribers connected to the Avonbridge exchange cannot access a superfast broad band service, even in 2019.

January 2019:

After yet another failure to deliver on a deadline, this time December 2018, The Digital Scotland website updated its reference data in mid January to show a June 2019 completion date. Yet another slippage without any explanation or information to establish confidence in the new date. It became obvious that some way had to be found to make a previously non-communicative DSSB respond to our concerns. During the January 2019 ASCC meeting it was decided a special project team would be formed and given the mandate to contact local politicians to assist us in getting accurate information and visible action.

Update report due at June 2019 ASCC meeting
If local residents have information they would like to bring to the attention of the project team then use the email link below

Email link: broadbandreport@aandscc.org.uk