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KBG – Killearn Specific Information

Next Generation Broadband is Coming to Killearn

Working Group

Killearn Community Council has recently set up a working group, under the chairmanship of Doug Ashworth, to identify broadband issues in the area served by the Killearn telephone exchange, and to lobby for the best possible solutions. We are working actively with other Community Councils and groups to share information and, jointly, to put the case for rural areas to key bodies such as the Scottish Government.

Open Day

We hosted a Broadband Open Day in the Village Hall on Saturday 24th October. The day was a big success with approximately 200 visitors from Killearn and surrounding villages.

How is Killearn connected?

At present there are three routes for broadband connection:

  • Via cabinet E1 (at Blane Smithy)
  • Via cabinet E3 (beside post cabinet at the top of Station Rd
  • Directly from the exchange – EO (Exchange Only) lines

You can check your own connection at Digital Scotland's interactive map.

Do not assume that because you are near a cabinet that you are connected to that. There are houses at Croy Cunningham which are connected directly to the exchange rather than the cabinet at the Blane Smithy roundabout. There are houses which are very close to the exchange as the crow flies, but which have very long connection lines, because the existing wires do not go directly. Neighbouring houses can have different connection routes. In fact, assume nothing.

The cabinets are due to be enabled by the end of 2015 – hopefully not long now! The EO lines are due to be enabled during the first half of 2016.

Update 26/11/15: Cabinet E1 is now enabled for NGB. Premises connected to this cabinet can now place orders for NGB connection.

Will I be able to get NGB?

We're not sure.

We have been told that 188 premises in Killearn will be connected to the cabinets and a further 331 directly to the exchange (EO). This is a total of 519, but the total number of premises in the KCC area (the village and the surrounding area) is around 900, leaving well over 300 apparently not covered. Not all premises in our area are linked to the Killearn exchange however – for example, Boquhan is in the Balfron exchange area.

How good could my NGB service be?

Somewhere between very, very good and no better than it is at present.

Disclaimer: We've tried very hard to piece together information about this but it is impossible to guarantee its accuracy.

GraphThe graph shows that about 44% may be able to get speeds in the 37-80 Mbps range. About 29% may be able to get speeds which count as ‘superfast’ of 24-37 Mbps. The remaining 27% or so will be only slightly better off (orange zone) or no better off (red zone) than with the current technology.

The Killearn exchange has recently been updated from ADSL to ADSL2+ technology, although not all premises seem to be receiving improved speeds yet.

KBG – Killearn Postcode Map

The map shows our best estimate of potential NGB speeds. Click on the top left icon to see the map key. You can change which connections are displayed. The colour coding/key labels refer to potential speed improvements over the current best technology (ADSL2+). You can click on the top right icon to view the map full-screen if necessary. Note that some postcodes have more than one connection.

KBG – West Stirlingshire White Areas Map

The map shows postcodes which are designated DSSB white areas. White areas are not expected to receive “superfast” broadband speeds (i.e. over about 24-30 Mbps) after the current roll-out is complete. Click on the top left icon to see the map key. You can change which villages are displayed. The colour coding shows which postcodes are served by which village exchange. You can click on the top right icon to view the map full-screen if necessary.