Astons ultrafast broadband 3

FTTP for the Astons – what we know so far 
This page will be updated as more information is available.

On 24 September 2021 we were told that the Astons ultrafast broadband project had been approved by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

A few days later on 6 October 2021, Openreach provided a portal for Astons residents to apply for gigabit vouchers and pledge them to Openreach to pay for delivering the fibre to the Astons premises (FTTP).

Openreach's cost of delivering FTTP to the Astons 

The latest estimate we have from Openreach gives a cost of approximately £350,000.

A voucher is worth £5431.00 for each successful business application and £3431.00 for each successful residential application. 

How to apply for a voucher

The voucher application process is straightforward using the Openreach portal.   Click here to see the Astons Ultrafast How To Guide.   Click here to see the government's terms and conditions for the voucher scheme.  Applicant premises will have to say that their broadband speed is currently less than 100Mbs (all here are) and agree to take out a 12-month contract with one of the service providers below.

FTTP capable ISPs

These currently are Andrew & Arnold, Aquiss, BT, Cerberus Network, Fastnet, Fibre Net, Giganet Home, LCC Communications, Orbitalnet, Pine Media, Sky, Spectrum Internet, Structured Communications, Syscomm, Talk Talk, Uno, Utility Warehouse, Vodafone and Zen.  The list of providers will increase over time as more ISPs introduce this new technology.  Click here to see the Astons guide to current FTTP providers.

Connection to premises 

Openreach have told us that they will use the existing routes to premises by replacing the current copper only cables with fibre and copper combined cables.  Existing routes are overhead cables from poles to premises and underground ducts.

Process and timing

As soon as Astons apply for sufficient vouchers to cover the cost of delivering FTTP to the villages, applicants will be emailed by DCMS asking them to validate their application and pledge their voucher to Openreach.  DCMS will also give Openreach approval to start delivering our project.

Openreach expect to take four to six months planning the project, surveying our villages and obtaining the necessary permissions.  It normally takes them a further three months to build the fibre infrastructure.      

Astons ultrafast broadband project area

All premises in Aston Tirrold and Aston Upthorpe will be able to have FTTP from this project except:

  • Carrimers, Upper Hill, Lower Hill farms and associated premises which will receive FTTP through another Oxfordshire programme which is currently being rolled out:

  • Five Aston Tirrold residences near South Moreton which are connected to Didcot telephone exchange not the Blewbury exchange like the rest of us. We understand however that the Moretons may well start a similar FTTP project and we’ve asked for these five premises to be included.

We'd like to hear from you

We haven’t thought of everything and would appreciate your questions, comments and suggestions to astonsfullfibre@gmail.com.

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