Frittenden Community Fibre Partnership - #20046
We have great news the project to bring FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) to all 315 premises (current figures available) on the Frittenden exchange is completed and installation is now being planned. This is the largest CFP in the UK.
Our Project has been approved by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and is now fully funded by approved vouchers.
The contract has been signed and the project has been passed to the OpenReach deployment team, our work is done.
OpenReach will deploy the project and we can all then have Ultrafast broadband, with any supplier we choose.
A massive thankyou to all those who have approved their vouchers or helped in anyway on the project.
The money has been secured and ringfenced. The project will now go ahead soon.
I will keep this page/Facebook updated when I have any firm start dates.
UPDATE - 14-04-2020
Following my email a few weeks ago about progress with your Community Fibre Partnership I wanted to share more information as we remain on track. The early stages of the fibre delivery process have been completed, our surveyors have checked the blueprints from the design to your community, to make sure that what looks good on paper works in the real world. Our planning and design teams are now progressing with the critical design and survey stage of your fibre delivery / infrastructure and shortly will be building the work instructions for the delivery teams in order to enter the build phase of the programme.
With kind regards,
Community Liaison Manager
UPDATE - 08-04-2020
Firstly, I hope that you are well and managing to cope with the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the UK Government announced strict new curbs on life in the UK to tackle the spread of coronavirus, I wanted to write to you in connection with the services that we are contracted to provide so that you understand any implications of the current situation on our current partnership. The Openreach network is critical to maintaining the fabric of UK society – connecting people has never been more important - so from now, we’re prioritising essential work.
- Service to vulnerable customers (in-home and carried out safely only where essential)
- Those customers who have no other form of broadband or telephony available
- On-premise work for critical national infrastructure customers (NHS, pharmacies, utilities, emergency services, retail and wholesale food distribution outlets, financial services businesses and other categories defined by the Government)
At the heart of our decision making is the safety of our employees, our customers and the public at large, so any new network build will be restricted to low risk locations. The Covid-19 pandemic is clearly a matter beyond our reasonable control, and we can assure you that we will do what we can to minimise any impact on our delivery timescales, although we still expect that they will be impacted. We can assure you though, that if you are reliant on gigabit vouchers to fund your contribution to our partnership we can confirm that these will be secure. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have confirmed to suppliers that the validity of these vouchers will be extended to cover any lost time and have recently suspended the clause in the voucher terms and conditions in relation to the 12 month validity date until further notice. We will be keeping in regular contact with the DCMS on any further changes to the scheme and will continue to oversee everything in relation to this.
We’ll stay in touch over the coming weeks and please be assured that we remain committed to delivering a gigabit capable infrastructure for your community. Our engineering work will resume as soon possible via government guidelines, and we’ll keep you abreast of things every step of the way. We know that what Openreach does is vital, and connecting people has never been more important. We’re reassessing the current situation all the time to see if we can do anything safely, and if we can, we will. If you’ve an enquiry in relation to your project please email email@example.com for further assistance.
Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.
With kind regards,
Senior Manager, Community Partnerships
UPDATE - 24-02-2020
We understand you'll want to keep in touch with your community in connection with your fibre broadband project so we've attached a glossary of fibre broadband that you may like to share with them.
View the Glossary HERE
We've now put requests out for our contractors to commence survey activity. At the survey stage, we take the blueprints from the design to your community, and check that what looks good on paper works in the real world. Our surveyor needs to check that there's enough space alongside all the existing utilities underground for our new cables, and whether there's enough space to accommodate the equipment. They'll also need to determine things like whether any road closures are needed to install fibre and, if so, apply to the local authority for road traffic management, traffic lights etc. They'll work closely with your local authority as need be, to make sure fibre is installed safely and with the minimum of disruption to local people.
Just so you know, when our engineers conduct the survey they won't need to contact you about doing it.
We'll get back in touch within the next couple of months with more information and updates about your community's fibre build.
With kindest regards
Community Liaison Manager
UPDATE - 07-02-2020
The contract was handed over the delivery team on the 27th of January. It’s been added to the work stack of our senior planning team to be fully designed, built onto the system and job packs created for the build team.
Whilst sounding simple, the above tasks are very complex pieces of work which all take a long time, especially with a community of your size. This will probably take somewhere between 3-6 months to be fully complete, as once all the above is done, the delivery manager needs to sign off on the estimates and job packs to make sure he is happy with them, sometimes they are pushed back to planning to be re-looked at.
Once the delivery manager is happy, myself or one of the team will provide you delivery updates every 6-8 weeks depending on how much progress has been made since the last update.
I hope this all makes sense.
Community Fibre Team
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NOTES: - IMPORTANT
As soon as the project goes live OpenReach will notify (the community lead) and I will then cascade the information to you, the community. I will notify the 92 voucher holders, as these are the 92 people who are the most important orders. Once confirmed that all 92 voucher holders have active service / have placed orders. The DCMS will give the community 28 days to validate a secondary email (similar to the first one) to confirm their orders/service is live.
Broadband suppliers who CURRENTLY sell FTTP are listed here -
Please note more providers may become available by the time we deliver the network to your community.
I will attempt to get a multi deal from them, once we have a completion date.
Any questions, with the email or response or anything else, please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org.