Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thanet Joins The Broadband Super Highway

Last month I wrote of my personal appeal at a Westminster meeting for the introduction of 'Super-fast' Broadband in Thanet and by happy coincidence, I received an email from our Thanet North MP, Roger Gale, this morning, where he passes on the news in an email from Mike Hill, the Director of Public Affairs at BT:

"BT today announced that the Westgate exchange in your constituency will benefit from the next phase of BT’s super-fast fibre broadband deployment. Over 4,000 premises served by Westgate exchange should be able to access super-fast broadband speeds of up to 40Mb/s during 2012.

BT is investing £2.5 billion to deliver fibre broadband to up to two thirds of UK homes and businesses, subject to an acceptable environment for investment. It’s the largest single commercial investment in fibre-based broadband ever undertaken in the UK, and is currently one of the biggest civil engineering projects running in Europe."

Thanet, desperately needs fast Broadband as a business enabler for its future and I can't be more delighted that we are going to have this in advance of so many other deserving  locations around the country, starting with the BT exchange here in my own ward, Westgate-on Sea. Thank you BT for listening and I will be inviting my friends at Google to set up the company's first office outside of London here in the village at the very first opportunity! Now wouldn't that be a nice thought!

Tonight, the council planning committee meets to hear the application for the Tesco store at the Arlington tower site in Margate. This should be a well attended meeting and at Monday's WWRA, I heard a presentation on the subject from the Arlington residents' spokesman, Ron Green.

I won't be there this evening because I have a prior dinner engagement at Windsor Castle but I'm sure the planning committee will be listening carefully to the arguments from all sides as they debate this very important application with its many associated  implications for the further regeneration of Margate seafront.


Tony2 said...

Is that just Westgate or has Thanet got the same service.
Let's hope that the council make the right decision tonight despite your absence. "Every Little Hurts".

DrM. said...

Just Westgate as the first exchange to trial it. Folkestone is the other.

We have to start somewhere and I'm very happy to accept it.

James Maskell said...

It was always going to be a tight vote last night and there was a clear division between Labour (against) and the Conservatives (in favour). For those who couldnt attend, a 7-7 split led to the Chairman casting his vote in favour. It will now be referred to the Secretary of State who will make the actual decision on it.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Be nice to get it.

Anonymous said...

hope the 40mb westgate internet works out ok for the rest of the area
thanet needs a bit of luck get,s left behind on everything else

marc said...

your getting fibre to the premises,not fibre to the cab.speeds upto 1 gb

marc said...

At the moment just Westgate has been selected for fibre to the premises
[fttp] with speeds in the future possible of 1 gb.The rest of thanet will be fttc speeds of upto 80 mb.All by autumn 2012

I'm not John Worrow said...

Hmmmm, just received an email from my Internet Service Provider.
They have been informed by BTW that they have completed the upgrade to 21CN at the Westgate Exchange, and they will be switching me over in the next few weeks.

I'm a bit sceptical about this email, wondering if BTW are telling porkie pies. BTW say Birchington has 21CN as of the 31st of March 2012, but my father who is with bt broadband is still on 20CN.

Will take this news with a pinch of salt, pepper, tomato sauce and vineagar.

I'm not John Worrow said...


SuperFast Broadband AKA FTTC/Fibre to the Cabinet has now been pushed back to the end of 2013!!!

This can be varified on the BT Openreach website here

Put in your Westgate postcode to get confirmation.

I'm not John Worrow said...

I'm hearing rumours that BT Openreach will be starting to install the fibre optic street cabinets soon for Westgate on Sea.

I'm trying to find confirmation if it's true or false at this time.