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Openreach announce 156 new FTTC locations to be enabled
Thursday 07 April 2011 12:52:35 by John Hunt

156 new locations for fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband have been unveiled today as as Openreach continues the roll-out of it's service which can offer up to 40Mbps download speeds.

More than 1.5 million consumer and business premises will be able to connect up to the service through the newly announced sites which should largely be enabled during 2011. Around 50 are set to be completed by the end of the summer. Ten of the locations included were those which won the 'Race to Infinity' competition run by BT Retail which allowed businesses and residents in an area to vote to get their exchange upgraded with the new technology.

"Our fibre programme is well underway with more than four million premises now able to order a fibre-based broadband service from their chosen supplier. And today we're announcing a new set of locations serving a further 1.5 million premises, many of which will be able to enjoy the benefits of super-fast upload and download speeds from as early as this Summer. We'll continue to work closely with industry and local and devolved authorities around the country in deciding where to deploy the technology next."

David Campbell, (Managing Director of Next Generation Access) Openreach

The exchanges to be enabled include Cranleigh, which frequent readers will note covers nearby Ewhurst, the subject of recent news following BT changing it's mind about enabling the area after the community had gathered sufficient support and were pursuing a solution via Vtesse Networks, although BT say they had included it in their enablement plans for some time. The full list of exchanges plus their region is listed below. Readers are reminded that coverage of an exchange once enabled for FTTC is not 100%, but averages about 85%, although in some cases has been as low as 40%.

Update: 15:00 - Some exchanges (the BT Infinity Winners) were missing from the original list of exchanges listed below which are to be enabled.

AINSDALE Merseyside
ASKERN South Yorkshire
BALBY South Yorkshire
BARNBY DUN South Yorkshire
BARNSLEY South Yorkshire
BASCHURCH Shropshire
BASFORD Nottinghamshire
BEDLINGTON Northumberland
BEDWORTH Warwickshire
BEWDLEY Hereford & Worcester
BIDDULPH Staffordshire
BIGGLESWADE Bedfordshire
BINGHAM Nottinghamshire
BINGLEY West Yorkshire
BIRCHWOOD Lincolnshire
BLEWBURY Oxfordshire
BLIDWORTH Nottinghamshire
BOLTON Greater Manchester
BURTON LATIMER Northamptonshire
CANNOCK Staffordshire
CANTLEY South Yorkshire
CAPEL Surrey
CARTERTON Oxfordshire
CAXTON Cambridgeshire
CHAPEL BRAMPTON Northamptonshire
CHATTERIS Cambridgeshire
CHEADLE Staffordshire
CLITHEROE Lancashire
CORBY Northamptonshire
COVENT GARDEN Greater London
CROOK Durham
CUDWORTH South Yorkshire
DARTON South Yorkshire
DAWLEY Shropshire
DESBOROUGH Northamptonshire
DUDLEY HILL West Yorkshire
DUSTON Northamptonshire
EASTHAM Cheshire
FROME Somerset
HARROWDEN Northamptonshire
HAXBY North Yorkshire
HEYWOOD Greater Manchester
IBSTOCK Leicestershire
ILKLEY North Yorkshire
INNERLEITHEN Scottish Borders
JESMOND Tyne & Wear
KEMPSTON Bedfordshire
KNOTTINGLEY West Yorkshire
LARK LANE Merseyside
LETCHWORTH Hertfordshire
LEYLAND Lancashire
MADINGLEY Cambridgeshire
MALTON North Yorkshire
MALVERN Hereford & Worcester
MARPLE Greater Manchester
MARTON Warwickshire
MELKSHAM Wiltshire
MERCURY Greater Manchester
MIDDLETON Greater Manchester
MOSSLEY Greater Manchester
MOTTRAM Greater Manchester
MOULTON Northamptonshire
NEW MILLS Derbyshire
NEWPORT Shropshire
NORMANTON West Yorkshire
NORTH CARLTON Nottinghamshire
OTLEY North Yorkshire
PADGATE Cheshire
PEARTREE Derbyshire
PENDLETON Greater Manchester
PENKRIDGE Staffordshire
PLUMTREE Nottinghamshire
PRESCOT Merseyside
PRESTON Lancashire
RAUNDS Northamptonshire
ROTHLEY Leicestershire
SADDLEWORTH Greater Manchester
SALTASH Cornwall
SANDY Bedfordshire
SEACROFT West Yorkshire
SHAW Greater Manchester
SHEPSHED Leicestershire
SLOANE Greater London
SOUTHBANK Greater London
STANLEY Merseyside
STEPNEY Greater London
STIRCHLEY Shropshire
STOCKPORT Greater Manchester
STOTFOLD Bedfordshire
THIRSK North Yorkshire
TRING Hertfordshire
UNDERCLIFFE West Yorkshire
UPHOLLAND Lancashire
WELLINGBOROUGH Northamptonshire
WERRINGTON Cambridgeshire
WESTWOOD Cambridgeshire
WHITEHALL Greater London
WHITWELL Derbyshire
WIDE OPEN Tyne & Wear
WOMBWELL South Yorkshire
WOODBOROUGH Nottinghamshire



Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago
Bring on the cries of 'but there not doing my area' or 'its too slow' or 'why bother with FTTC'.

IMHO, this roll-out seems to be going pretty well so far, 4 mill homes passed already is quite impressive given the amount of work needed.
Posted by b4dger over 6 years ago
Surely you mean "They're not doing my area"...
Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago
Oooooh :P

Amateur typo
Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago
In unrelated news... there not doing my area either :P
Posted by b4dger over 6 years ago
...and my area's still not on the list!!!

NB. Perhaps I'll be going straight to FTTH/P ;¬)
Posted by dustofnations over 6 years ago
They're now enabling Jesmond, just after I've moved out of the area :o)
Posted by leejhamilton over 6 years ago
My areas enabled :), shame my cabinets not :(
Posted by UKCodeMonkey over 6 years ago
My area's on the list, let's see if I can get more than 2Mbps!
Posted by jrawle over 6 years ago
Hereford & Worcester, Cleveland, Avon? Is the fact BT are 15 years out of date with their county names trying to tell us something about the state of their network?
Posted by KarlAustin over 6 years ago
Ohhhh, way to go SLWHT on the list at last, although I'm guessing they'll just do the two other villages that hang off the exchange and not Whitwell village itself.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
What they also omit to mention is that some people on these cabs will only be getting 5 megabit upload... and they also omit to mentio (as liv garfield said recently), is that any area upgraded to cabinets will not be revisited for NGA fibre to the premises. She also said cabinets were futureproof... though as other countries go 100meg plus I don't follow her reasoning.
Posted by b4dger over 6 years ago
I would rather have "only 5 megabit upload" on my 51db attenuation line on FTTC rather than wait 10,20,30+ years for 'proper' FTTP! :¬)
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Actually 5Mbps upload is a ten fold improvement on most broadband upload speeds. Did you pick 5Mb for any reason, given FTTC currently supports up to 15Mbps upload?
Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago
Cyberdoyle is just complaining for the sake of complaining again.

And has her facts incorrect.

This isn't just FTTC roll-out, this is a mix.

And VDSL has been tested to go to 100Mbps, thats enough for 10 simultaneous HD streams.

What do you actually do on your farm? Doesn't seem to be much farming if you need more bandwidth than this.
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
CD appears to need a business product, but wants to use a domestic product instead... hence the complaints.
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
Have updated the article as some exchanges were missing from the list - namely the Race to Infinity ones
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
Future proof as in the mix and match architecture does not preclude the fibre going to the cabinet also being used for FTTP. Remember it is many fibres to each cabinet.

Lots of old fibre that is costly to upgrade to faster speeds due to the hardware, so even FTTP is not always a cheap upgrade.
Posted by thelynxeffect over 6 years ago
Glad to see my town(Thirsk) has finally made it onto the list. Here's looking forward to the rollout!
Posted by Drogon over 6 years ago
And as usual there is nothing in rural Devon where it's really needed ... )-:
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Devon have an EU bid in.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
List with dates here:
Posted by NilSatisOptimum over 6 years ago
What a load of nonsense Mr Campbell, it has nothing to do with supplying your customer base "benefits of super-fast upload and download broadband". Neither is it about profitable exchanges.

It’s about a full assault on your rivals.
Posted by adslmax over 6 years ago
Just bear in your mind, FTTC doesn't mean you will get it gaurantee, it depend where the FTTC layout in some area, not everyones will get it 100% in one area. Totally waste of time really. Cuckoo Oak in Shropshire was once again left out. Thank alots BT for rubbish. Glad I am with Virgin Media. Don't need FTTC.
Posted by dustofnations over 6 years ago
@adslmax; because everyone is not going to receive the service it is "totally waste of time". Seems like unnecessary bitter vitriol to me, even if BT are typically uncooperative, as often happens with an entrenched corporation - it doesn't mean their efforts are entirely useless just because _you_ cannot get FTTC.
Posted by adslmax over 6 years ago
Andrew of TBB, How many phase out of for the roll out of FTTC ? It now phase 7 (I think it got another 3 more phases up to 10 phases by end of 2015. Eg: phase 7 - 2012, phase 8 - 2013, phase 9 - 2014 and phase 10 - 2015. Am I correct here ?
Posted by pimpuk over 6 years ago
worksop(notts) overlooked again,hell of a lot of people in and around worksop are struggling to 2mb

Posted by Luckyknight over 6 years ago
Cannock is on the list *finally*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
And what is wrong with a phased roll-out? If anything doing something in steps/phases is a lot better, than trying to do all some 2000 exchanges all at once, where you switch on FTTC nationwide at the same time.

If phases are bad - what would people like, beyond their exchange getting FTTC?
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
Until FTTC gets usage limits like LLU it is useless to me, or prohibitively expensive.
Posted by tcrooks3843 over 6 years ago
Seems to me that the big LLU providers are in danger of getting behind the curve. Sky, which is making much of its Sky+ Anytime service, etc., looks rather vulnerable?
Posted by NilSatisOptimum over 6 years ago
dustofnations, When they come out and say our customers, it is very select and far from meaningful, the criteria it seems to get FTTC is to have a similar service Mrkt 2 or be Mrkt 3 with a similar service. This new list like the others have some very small exchanges on it, a fraction of the size to the exchange I’m on however I do not fall into my criteria belief. Likes many others I can see people’s frustration. It has very little to do with our customer it’s all to do with competing with our rivals.
Posted by -Alex- over 6 years ago
A complete list of upgraded exchanges, and exchanges due to be upgraded is available at - saves having to look up multiple announcements.
Posted by b4dger over 6 years ago
I love it how that BT page it titled "Broadband access for everyone"!!!

Also the list of providers may upset some ISPs

Posted by njalondon over 6 years ago
Here's the full list, it shows whicj technology is deployed where, several London exchanges get full FTTP. Strangely only one Cornish exchange is mentioned Saltash and that's the only place Virgin is available, given the amount of EU money I'd have thought FTTP would be deployed, it isn't.
Posted by ratter1946 over 6 years ago
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
As per a similar post on ISPReview, have a look at the Openreach site to see the full list out of interest -

I spotted 5 in Norfolk under the "Future Exchanges" list (Dareham, Drayton, Sheringham, South Wootton and St. Faith), all with an estimated date of 2012.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Some irony here in that they announce this just as I note that my own exchange has been moved back, again. Original date was last month, moved to June, now September.
Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
This list is missing two exchanges that I know of with FTTC coming this year. not saying which, but there ARE two exchanges missing due for 2011.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Is it mine kizza? Please be mine :D
Posted by philce over 6 years ago
Yet again, both city centre exchanges in Leicester are missed.

Even Ibstock and Rothley are included!

Either there are infrastructure issues, or obviously not enough "interest", more like we have all already jumped to Virgin!

So much for competition and having a choice!
Posted by MrMot over 6 years ago
luckyknight - I join you in your delight to see Cannock on the list :o)

I thought we'd never get wireless or virgin around here either.

Now I just need o2 to move my unlimited service over from LLU to FTTC ;)
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
Not a single one in Kent which is good.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
So cd, should your exchange be enabled for FTTC I take it you will be passing and holding out for full FTTP?
Posted by EnglishRob over 6 years ago
So do BT announce the exchanges then do the work or do they announce the exchanges when the work is under way?

The reason I ask is I keep seeing pavements in my area being dug up, and I'm wondering if BT might be doing something?

Okay it's probably unlikely (especially as my area is reasonably covered by Virgin and has Talktalk LLU in the exchange). Would be nice for a bit of competitions eventually although I do agree that BT should do more needy areas first.
Posted by adslmax over 6 years ago
BT are rubbish, always is. I really hate BT, I really do. They never in favour in our exchange cuckoo oak.
Posted by craigbrass over 6 years ago
Still no Carlisle??? Need to have a go at Rory again next time I see him for campaigning too much in his constituency and getting Penrith done first!
Posted by RandomJointer over 6 years ago
Great news. The roll out continues, more gold medals by 2012 than the Chinese weightlifters.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Indeed RJ. Now if you guys could get around to the areas that were announced nearly a year ago and have been delayed 3 times in between the PR announcements of future plans that would also be a massive bonus.

ADSLMax given that you adore Virgin Media and they adore you and you downgrade/upgrade/regrade from 10/30/50/100Mbps once a week you'd hate VDSL, they'd actually make you stick to a contract.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
AFAIK the exchanges are announced before the work starts - that was certainly the case with mine.

The easiest way to check whether yours has been announced is here -

Good luck!
Posted by hypertony over 6 years ago
As usual, nothing for Norfolk... :/
Posted by ccxo over 6 years ago
There are 5 exchanges listed for Norfolk

Search for Norfolk comes up with DEREHAM/DRAYTON/SHERINGHAM/SOUTH WOOTTON and ST. FAITH they all have a current date of 2012.

Nice to see more exchanges though nothing that is near to me.
Posted by chrysalis over 6 years ago
BT continue to ignore urban in the east midlands, 6 new rural exchanges picked.
Norfolk another oddity, nothing in city areas.
Posted by MysticEddy over 6 years ago
@luckyknight and MrMot - I'm in Hednesford so have been enjoying the delights of FTTC since last September. However, I found it odd that the surrounding exchanges of were enabled before itself because the fibre for Hednesford and AFAIK Heath Hayes was fed from Cannock, so the OR engineers could have done the town at the same time as blowing the fibres through.
Better late than never though, pleased to hear you'll finally be getting it.
Posted by creakycopperline over 6 years ago
for all those luddites stil using leaches.
those who say who needs 100mbps?
well not everyone, but one day you might.
what hacks me off is bt's usual postcode lottery
mentality. i mean only two thirds of the uk?
did the rest do something to upset you?
if they're not going to give it to evryone then don't do it at all. creating a 2 tier cyber society. what's BT going to do when those left out start complaining of crap speed in ten years time? either fibre for all or give the rest adsl bonding rings. which is far cheaper.
Posted by creakycopperline over 6 years ago
if a bt openreach engineer is reading this,
when will you get round to doing the cleckheaton exchange in west yorks? or better yet, which side of 40?
Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
@GMAN99 I doubt it!
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
Unfortunately an all or nothing network is only viable for a state owned utility, where they are guaranteed a return over the long term. Almost all european countries are currently ignoring rural areas for fibre. As for costs and government support see below for how much the FranceGov will invest to fibre up France... and even then they won't do 100%.
Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago

Would you rather Openreach started rolling out the products across the entire UK and waiting until every exchange and cabinet in the Uk was live BEFORE turning the service on to prevent some people getting service before others?

Also, how many of you have queried OTHER ISP's if they will roll-out to your area?

I would bet none/little.
Posted by lockyatlrg over 6 years ago
I see that Burton Upon Trent exchange is not on the list, Has one of the poorest services for broadband ive ever seen, even people only a few hundred meters from the exchange see poor speeds.

There is no cable or virgin media, it even had plenty of votes in the race to infinity, It's one of the biggest industrial towns in the country and host over 30k residential lines, but still has been completely ignored.

I'm not bitter, I live in the next town which will soon have FTTC, but my family live there, most of them can't even get broadband.
Posted by ypmud over 6 years ago
Interesting that they are going to roll out to saltash next personally thats not a sensible move as virgin fibre is all ready there i think its time bt spoke to virgin and hammered out a deal to supply their service over virgin lines and vice versa this would save a lot of money
Posted by ypmud over 6 years ago
my winge will be revolving around the fact that openreach seem to be not doing any more exchanges in cornwall until 2012 ? whats all that about does anyone understand that ?
Posted by adslmax over 6 years ago
If BT enabled FTTC in one large area say "Walsall" it doesn't mean every areas in 100% coverage in Walsall will get FTTC. Only around 40% out of 100% will get it.

Totally waste of time really. My mate live in Walsall, he cannot get FTTC as it not available in his property, but down the main road their house does have FTTC in their property. Sound rather stupid.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
"if they're not going to give it to evryone then don't do it at all" How can you mention mentality in the same post as that??? lol
Posted by ypmud over 6 years ago
also how daft is that it is sometimes not even close to being logical to try and provide fibre to places that can not even get pstn/llu based bb, i used to work for bt/openreach and can say one thing the engineers work their rear ends off and this bears hallmarks of understaffing again!
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Figures I've seen posted here and elsewhere suggest that the avergae coverage with an exchange area is around 85% of properties.
Posted by jeep over 6 years ago
sorry am not very knowledgeable on the technicalities but it seems to me that things would be speeded up considerably if the owning parties were forced to allow there poles/ducting to be used by other companies at a reasonable price ? i have read this is in debate but seems to be getting nowhere due to the parties involved disagreeing over cost.Some-body which has leverage over this should do something or it will still be being wrangled over for the forseeable futre in endless documents.
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
OFCOM has had the pricing information for a reasonable amount of time and hasn't seen the need to enforce price cuts... and given that these companies have written to a minister suggests that they haven't had a favourable response from OFCOM over pricing.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
^ jeep that is already in progress and it is cheap, cheaper than other parts of europe, some cheapskate ISP's don't think its cheap enough though
Posted by ypmud over 6 years ago
you pay for what you get i guess with broadband
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
Not cheap enough, because people want there broadband for £3.50 to £6.50 a month, and are not willing to often pay a £10 a month surcharge for something faster.
Posted by ypmud over 6 years ago
personally i wouldnt mind paying 40 quid/month for broadband but i use it daily and also i wouldnt have any issues with paying 40 quid/month for fttc providing it was stable and totally unlimted so the people that want it cheap are the ones that are all ready on basic services where they are either free or almost free and they are still complaining about the speed
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Even that is cheap.

Unlimited FTTC is about £90 in reality.
Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago
A true unlimited 40Mb connection is a bit more than £90 per month.

Would cost about £26,500.00 per year for me.

That is a leased line though, but shows how much good value £90 per month is for a package that offers 40Mbps and has no restrictions.
Posted by ypmud over 6 years ago
how ever i would take the bt restricted "unlimited" service which i think is £29.99 :D
Posted by gdhawkins over 6 years ago
Don't get too excited my exchange has been enabled since Sept 2010 but BT still have no idea when it will reach my house
Posted by ddean83 over 6 years ago
its also intersting to see that BT have on this occasion enabled many areas of south yorkshire. i suppose this has something to do with these areas recently getting served by digital regions FTTC solution, and they are trying to obtain customers that may be considering going to digital region. the digital region project is an excellent development and i hope BT's fibre roll out does not put a dampner on this.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Or you could just pay the amount necessary to cover the bandwidth via a normal FTTC connection which would be a lot cheaper.

That being ~£90.

However a dedicated line would be nice for 100Mbps :D
Posted by chrysalis over 6 years ago
its a sad state of affairs when sky can get people paying £40 month for tv repeats and BT are scared to charge more than a fraction of that for FTTC. They should grow some balls, set the price and say take it or leave it, dont be afraid of low takeup.
Posted by AndrueC over 6 years ago
@Chrysalis:While it's true there are a lot of repeats on Sky there is also plenty of original material. I have Sky HD and I watch three or four hours every evening and never watch repeats. I also don't watch the 'traditional' terrestrial channels very often.

I agree that TV is a luxury and paying extra to watch it somewhat dubious but your claim that Sky is nothing but repeats is incorrect. It is perfectly understandable that people are prepared to pay for Sky but not for FTTC. There's a lot more value in Sky than there is in FTTC over ADSL.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago

Totally agree, they should be pricing higher for FTTC, everyone should for now anyway, its hard to increase pricing on existing products (unless your Sky of course) but you should when a new product arrives on the market.
Posted by skwebpages over 6 years ago
Why bother - there are only 3 exchanges listed for my country, that's country, NOT county... Scotland
Posted by KarlAustin over 6 years ago
@pimpuk - I thought Worksop had LLU via Be? Buy some point to point wireless kit and I'll beam it over from Whitwell :p
Posted by AndrueC over 6 years ago
@GMAN99:There is indeed a lesson to be learned here. Sky are one of the UK's most successful companies.

There are some aspects of their service where investment could improve things (their EPG is lacking in functionality compared to Freesat/Freeview and their boxes are barely up to the job even with working firmware) but yes, BT and other companies would do well to learn from Sky.

I'm not sure customers would necessarily benefit however. Still - that's usually the case. It's rare for a company to please shareholders /and/ customers at the same time :)
Posted by pete_thomson over 6 years ago
Gutted. Moving from an area with a rock solid stable 50Mb through Virgin, to an area that adjoins a VM covered area but is not covered itself. ADSL is possible, but I "may" get 1Mb. FTTC is my only hope, yet they enable an exchange a few miles up the road that is in a VM area that has less than 1/2 the subscribers than my exchange.

If you've got crappy internet and no competition in your area you get left out in the cold.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
AndrueC the difference with Sky and them putting up their prices for TV is that there's little other choice. Ok VM has upped their game (and I would switch if I could buy kids channels separate like Sky) and there's freeview etc etc, but Sky is still an easy to use set-up and remains pretty much unrivalled. Because of this they can increase the subscriptions each yeah and not bat an eyelid, with BB there's no point in increasing prices unless everyone else is.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Why move there then?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
If people want to play playground games feel free, but comments like that do get removed.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
BT Openreach will only install where the ISPs think they can get customers.
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