Dear Chelsea Council, Can We Have Your "Ugly" BT Fibre Cabinets, Please?

By Gary Cutlack on at

BT has axed plans to roll-out superfast fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, after local councillors argued that BT's larger high-speed phone connection cabinets were too "ugly" for the area's historic streets.

The upgrade would've brought faster broadband connections to 32,000 customers and businesses, but BT has pulled out after Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council refused to let it update 96 out of the 108 street cabinets to the larger units required for the FTTC connections.

BT explained: "We can’t put them underground as the cabinets contain sensitive electronics which would be affected when the chambers flood, as they frequently do. Also, whilst we can make the cabinets smaller they would serve fewer houses and thus more of them would be needed."

So no BT fibre for Kensington and Chelsea. Boo hoo. Residents of the moneyed area are already able to receive 16Mbps connections through the existing system, plus the council says "virtually the whole borough" is covered by Virgin's cables, so there is already a superfast option for those in need. [Telegraph]

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