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This week our engineers are working in and around Bridge Sollars, Hereford, Lea, Longtown Castle, Ross on Wye, Stonehouse, Westbury on Severn and Wormelow.
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We've been dealing with significant challenges getting some of the new cabinets in the Lea area connected to power. We're working with Western Power to get them connected, but to do this we're having to close roads to lay underground duct for the power cable to run through. We're working to do this with as little disruption as possible.
We're dealing with major blockages in the underground duct running from Hereford exchange out to the Burley Gate area. As well as impacting work in and around Burley Gate, this is going to have a knock on effect to the delivery of fibre to the Bromyard and Sutton St Nicholas areas, as they are connected to the same fibre route.
This week our engineers are working in and around Burghill, Canon Pyon, Hardwicke, Harewood End, Moreton in Marsh and Ross on Wye.
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We've been testing cabinet 8 in Burghill, but we're not seeing the speeds that we were expecting in the area. This can happen when the light that runs along the fibre is obstructed by something, which can be as small as one of the fibre connections being a a hundredth of a millimetre out of line. Our engineers are working to fix this before the cabinet goes live, so we deliver the fastest speeds possible.
Our engineers have had to sort out a 1km continuous length of blocked underground duct in the How Caple area. We've had to do a large amount of excavation work to clear this so that we can lay the fibre underground. This has slowed down the progress in the How Caple area.
This week our engineers are working in and around Burghill, Harewood End, Lyonshall, Moccas, Poulton, Ross on Wye, Stonehouse, Uley and Wormelow.
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The date that the first cabinets are due to go live has changed in some areas. If you live in any of the following areas then you can get the latest information by using the line checker:- Leighterton, Berkeley, Blakeney, Churchdown, Hartpury, Tibberton, Newent, Staunton Court, Harewood End, Skenfrith, St. Weonards, How Caple, Bridge Sollars, Canon Pyon, Burley Gate, Trumpet, Fownhope, Holme Lacy, Pencombe, Moccas, Wormelow and Kington
More cabinets have recently gone live in and around Northleach and Bartestree Cross. Find out if you can get fibre using our line checker.
This week our engineers are working in and around Hardwicke, Harewood End, Ivington, Moccas, Moreton in Marsh, Poulton, Ross on Wye, Stonehouse and Uley.
We've got one more cabinet to upgrade in the Bourton on the Water area, but we've faced challenges getting power to it. We need to close roads to provide power cable ducting and we're working now to do this with minimum disruption.
We've finished work in the Bishop's Cleeve and Shurdington areas. Find out if you can get fibre using our line checker.
We're hanging overhead cable in the Skenfrith area instead of running it through the underground ducts. But we need to cut back lots of tree branches to do this, which is slowing our progress in getting fibre cable rolled out across the area. Because of this we now expect to finish work in the area by the end June, a little later than originally planned.
Our current rollout aims to deliver 90% fibre coverage and ends at the end of 2015 in Gloucestershire and 2016 in Herefordshire. But future phases will extend that coverage even further...