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    Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

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      Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds - ISPreview UK
      Some 13,000 premises in Chelsea (London) could be impacted when BT start closing the local Telephone Exchange (WRCHEL) later this year and shift related lines over to South Kensington, which for some ADSL based broadband ISP subscribers could result in slower speeds.

      The situation first emerged last year after the landlord of the building where BT base their exchange chose not to renew the operator’s lease, which left them in a bit of a pickle and one that was not of their own design. It’s unclear why the landlord took this action, although property in London is in high demand and they may have been attracted by more lucrative options.

      Since then BT has been working feverishly with ISPs to find a solution and it now looks like most of the services will have to be re-routed to South Kensington, which could result in slower speeds and possibly some stability problems for many ADSL / ADSL2+ based broadband lines due to the greater distances involved.

      One solution to this problem could be to move existing ADSL subscribers on to newer FTTC (VDSL) based “fibre broadband” services, which wouldn’t suffer from the same performance woes as a result of the change.

      A related special offer (running from 1st July 2016 to 30th September 2016) has already been proposed (here), which cuts the setup and installation costs for FTTC lines in the affected area. However encouraging customers to upgrade may be more challenging because FTTC packages tend to attract a +£5-10 monthly price premium over slower ADSL lines.

      A Spokesperson for Openreach (BT) told ISPreview.co.uk:

      “We have been asked to move out of the Chelsea exchange building, so Openreach began planning for the move with its communication provider customers at the earliest opportunity, back in May 2015.

      The aim is to close the exchange by the end of March 2018, when all Openreach services will be migrated to our neighbouring exchange in South Kensington.

      We’re working closely with every company that provides services out of Chelsea to minimise the disruption and ensure a smooth transition.

      The move may have an impact on traditional copper broadband speeds, so we’re investing to upgrade the entire Chelsea exchange area with fibre – giving every customer the option of moving onto these faster services.”
      ISPreview.co.uk understands that Openreach will begin moving equipment over from Chelsea to South Kensington in October 2016, with related customer migrations occurring at night so as to minimise disruption. As above, the whole tedious process should then be completed by the end of March 2018.

      Suffice to say that those with affected lines should hopefully be hearing about the situation from their ISP in the near future and it’s possible that there may also be some temporary problems (brief disconnections etc.) as a result of the move. We should say that situations like this one are rare.


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      Re: Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      It's possible that BTs 18/2 low speed fibre broadband product, which is currently being trialled, could provide a cheaper alternative than standard (40/2 & 40/10) FTTC for current ADSL customers who are effected by this closure.

      BT Openreach Trial 18Mbps FTTC Broadband Speed for Slow ADSL Lines - ISPreview UK

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      Re: Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      I've just taken a look a the exchange search on the SamKnows site. The distance between these two exchanges is 1 mile by road.

      Technically that isn't a huge amount with regards to a broadband service, but of course it will mess up where the trunking goes.

      All the telephone lines will need to be rerouted from the Chelsea exchange to South Kensington.

      The biggest issue for BTO will not be the technical side, but the kind of customers who live in this area. They can be very demanding!

      If they already have FTTC then there should be no appreciable difference in the connection speed. FTTC is available at both exchanges. It'll only be ADSL or ADSL2+ lines which will have their connection speeds affected.

      Of course there is the inconvenience of having your line disconnected for anything up to a couple of hours too.

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      Re: Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      The biggest issue for BTO will not be the technical side, but the kind of customers who live in this area. They can be very demanding!
      Presumably they will be the same "demanding" customers who objected to the installation of FTTC cabinets in some streets within the Kensington & Chelsea borough some while back?!

      Wealthy Kensington & Chelsea residents reject BT fibre cabinets
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      Re: Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      Too right! I'd forgotten about that.

      Won't they be a little upset when they find out that their ADSL speeds have dropped.

      Of course the exchanges are upgraded to support both FTTC and FTTP, so it's up to them now if they want descent connection speeds.

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      Re: Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Too right! I'd forgotten about that.
      Won't they be a little upset when they find out that their ADSL speeds have dropped.
      "Oh dear, what a pity, never mind" (as Al Murray's The Pub Landlord character would say)...
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      Re: Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      Just been talking to my lifelong best friend who was born in, still lives in and now owns a 4 story terraced house a stones throw away at one end of his road is stamford bridge, home of Chelsea FC
      The other end of his road is Kings Road (that goes up to Chelsea eventually), but his exchange is Parsons Green, 0.9 mile away.
      He gets speeds of 65 and 18 on fibre.
      A few of his neighbours have FTTP and get 330 and 30.

      Mind its never a worry when I visit him, as so much free wifi is available on your doorstep you could mostly just live with that most of the day, if you enjoy a drink or meal of some sort. Kings Road or Fulham Road etc. so close by.

      There is a lot of activity he says all around that area with more cabinets, so he feels it will not be much of a problem.
      He said those in Chelsea will be able to scrape a few pennies together to get a decent speed

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      Re: Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      Quote Originally Posted by speedyrite View Post
      "Oh dear, what a pity, never mind" (as Al Murray's The Pub Landlord character would say)...
      Wasn't this a catch phrase of Battery Sergeant Major Williams played by the incomparable Windsor Davies in It Ain't Half Hot Mum? Though his was "Oh dear, how sad, never mind". Perhaps Al Murray's was in homage?
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      Re: Chelsea UK Telephone Exchange Closure to Hit Broadband Speeds

      Quote Originally Posted by dflour69 View Post
      Wasn't this a catch phrase of Battery Sergeant Major Williams played by the incomparable Windsor Davies in It Ain't Half Hot Mum? Though his was "Oh dear, how sad, never mind". Perhaps Al Murray's was in homage?
      You may well be correct!
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