Race to Infinity: BT Openreach announces laggards as winners

by admin on January 21, 2011

It was ironic that in the week that BT (Retail) announced the winners for the BT Race to Infinity Campaign (see article below), BT Openreach announced a further 41 exchanges to receive “superfast” broadband – yet the exchange with the highest ranking on the Race to Infinity Campaign came in at…..number 553!

Here is a table of the 41 exchanges – with the place that they came in the Race to Infinity (with 2 exchanges where I could not get the data):

Exchange Name RDA County Position
ALFRETON East Midlands Derbyshire 1712
BALDOCK East of England Hertfordshire 1917
BATHGATE Scotland Lothian 1696
BILLINGE North West Merseyside 2308
BISHOP AUCKLAND North East Durham ?
BLANDFORD South West Dorset 1437
DALKEITH Scotland Lothian 957
DARTMOUTH South West Devon 1738
DEREHAM East of England Norfolk 1384
DEVIZES South West Wiltshire 922
DORKING South East Surrey 1572
EPPING East of England Essex 1867
FAVERSHAM South East Kent 1499
FILEY Yorkshire and The Humber North Yorkshire 1506
FRINTON- ON-SEA East of England Essex 916
GREAT DUNMOW East of England Essex 775
HALSTEAD East of England Essex 1399
HUNGERFORD South East Berkshire 572
KIDLINGTON South East Oxfordshire 1216
KNUTSFORD North West Cheshire 1463
MIRFIELD Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire 1708
MONTROSE Scotland Tayside 1597
MORPETH North East Northumberland 1662
NANTWICH North West Cheshire 802
NEWMARKET East of England Suffolk 2044
OSWESTRY West Midlands Shropshire 934
PENRITH North West Cumbria 1564
PONTYCYMMER Wales Mid Glamorgan 1987
RAINFORD North West Merseyside 2052
RIPLEY East Midlands Derbyshire 1858
ROYSTON, S. YORKSHIRE Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire 1573
SANDWICH South East Kent 1132
SHEERNESS South East Kent 1866
SHERINGHAM East of England Norfolk 1352
STOCKSBRIDGE Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire 1857
STOURPORT West Midlands Hereford & Worcester 1233
WALLINGFORD South East Oxfordshire 345
WENDOVER South East Buckinghamshire 1161
WESTBURY South West Wiltshire 553
WIMBORNE South West Dorset 1097

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cyberdoyle January 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I guess we will never know, but my guess is these people already have a working adsl connection and are satisfied to a great degree so wouldn’t bother getting involved. They will also be real easy and cheap to connect to cabinets. I would have had far more respect for the incumbent telco had it spent the last decade doing this work and it may now be ready to do proper fibre to the home. I feel very sorry for the towns in the list above, as Liv Garfield from BT has said they won’t be revisited for upgrades for many years. Poor things, stuck on copper phone lines, when rural villages are on real gigabit fibre with no public funding either, faster than anything BT is delivering in this country. Infinity my arse.

lornemitchell January 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thanks, Chris. And thanks for the link – very interesting. That’s exactly what we want in Goudhurst!

Kevin McNulty January 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Maybe the answer is simpler, the race to infinity winners seem to be smaller more homogeneous communities, whereas the comparison Market towns are more diverse, so the chance of the percentage votes being similar is quite unlikely

Guy Jarvis February 3, 2011 at 2:08 am


Well funnily enough NextGenUs is looking for another dozen Ashby style FttH villages to build in 2011.

If the good folks of Goudhurst are ready to step up then let’s JFDI


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