Dear Moy resident,
In November last year, Moy voted almost unanimously to support an SCD project to upgrade broadband speeds in the area. As per the agreed plan, SCD contracted with Open Reach to install three cabinets connected to Tomatin exchange by fibre optic cable.* Each premise would then be connected to one of the cabinets by their existing telephone line. Everybody would enjoy improved speeds with those houses nearest to the cabinets benefiting most. Most households registered for the Better Broadband Voucher which contributed around £16K to the total cost of £105K.
Since that time, there have been developments in Open Reach's technology and their strategy for improving broadband in rural areas.** As a result, Open Reach have approached SCD with a new proposal. Instead of installing fibre to the cabinet (FTTC), they offer to install fibre to the premises (FTTP). They will do it for the agreed price (£105K - £16K vouchers) and honour the agreed timetable (finish by December 2017). This would bring much higher broadband speed to EVERY house or business.
Both proposals bring fibre optic cables to Moy area. The difference is in how your premise is connected to this main fibre cable. The FTTC scheme connects to it using the existing copper telephone line, delivering estimated speeds of 1.6 to 80 Mbps, depending on your location. Under the new FTTP proposal, Open Reach will install a further fibre optic cable directly to your house delivering speeds of up to 330Mbps to ALL premises.
FTTP is also more future proof. Connection nodes will be distributed throughout the area which are cheap and easy to connect to, making the Moy area more attractive for new homes and businesses.
Initially there will be only 2 service providers to choose from - BT and Zen - although more will enter the market as FTTP becomes more common throughout the UK. Houses and businesses will be able to choose from various packages offering speeds from 40Mbps to 330 Mbps. The Zen website offers an unlimited usage basic package for £43.99/month (incl line rental), which is exactly the same monthly price as the basic FTTC option.
|Broadband Service||Download speed (Mbps)||Upload Speed (Mbps)||Cost/month (including line rental)|
|Standard broadband (what you have now)||17||1||£32.99|
|fibre to the cabinet (FTTC)||38||9.5||£43.99|
|fibre to the premises (FTTP)||40||10||£43.99|
|fibre to the premises (FTTP)||80||20||£46.99|
|fibre to the premises (FTTP)||330||20||£116.00|
[Please note. These are “up to” speeds. We know that the existing standard broadband which is “up to 17Mbps” is actually less than 1 Mbps in many areas of Moy. Similarly we were told by Open Reach that FTTC speeds of “up to 38Mbps” would be as low as 1.6 Mbps for those furthest from the cabinet. However Open Reach assures us that the FTTP speeds will be close to the “up to” speed for ALL 50 premises in the scheme, regardless of their location.]
There will be some temporary inconvenience to some properties while installing the proposed new scheme. Open Reach will have to install a fibre cable to every premise. In most cases, it will follow the route of the existing telephone line and cause no disruption. However in some cases the cable will have to be laid underground so some disruption to lawns, flowerbeds, etc may be necessary. Open Reach engineers are compiling a list of such properties.
There is no obligation to connect up to this service. Premise-owners may choose to keep their existing broadband service and connect to the fibre service at a later date.
In summary, Open Reach are offering a faster, better, more future-proof service to every premise at no extra cost.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the new development and give you an opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns. However we don't want to lose our place in the Open Reach work schedule which envisages work beginning in late August - early September and finishing in December. SCD would like to give Open Reach the formal go ahead without undue delay. I would therefore be grateful if you would contact me with any questions or concerns by Friday 21 July.
Steve Cormack (SCD director)
Old Post Office
Tomatin IV13 7YN
tel : 01808-511496
* The proposal was to "install 3 new Fibre cabinets, one at Dalmagarry (delivering to properties estimated speeds between 1.6 - 60.2mbps) and 2 cabinets in Moy (24.7 – 80.0mbps and 27.8 –42.6mbps)."
** This offer is possible due to a new method of armouring fibre optic cable which means that expensive ducting is no longer required - the cable can be buried directly in the ground. Further savings are possible because the cable doesn't need to be powered and branching the cable is easier. (The cabinets required electricity to be routed to them and all connections had to be made within the cabinet).
Information sheet describing FTTC vs FTTP : https://www.scotlandsuperfast.
Zen website : https://www.zen.co.uk/yourhome/