Openreach have announced today 4 locations as candidate exchanges for fibre only exchange (FOX) trials. These will see services offered over a fibre connection via fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and Ethernet fibre networks rather than traditional copper based services. All of the candidate locations are rural Market 1 exchanges.
Openreach is inviting communication provides to offer their views on the preferred site for the trial, including any reasons behind this by Friday 9th September. Five new fibre-to-the-premises trial locations are also expected to be announced in due course.
Update: 05/08/2011 - 11:18
BT have advised us that the above information was released through a draft briefing that was published by mistake and that these exchanges may not be those which are proposed for the trial.
"Due to an internal error, an earlier, draft version of this briefing was posted on our portal. This has been withdrawn and we apologise for any confusion this may have caused; We do intend, in consultation with CPs, to begin exploring the implications of a future marketplace in which more services may be delivered over fibre. As part of this process, Openreach would look to pilot the use of fibre-only delivery in one of its exchange areas over the next three to four years, and we will issue a shortlist of those exchange areas to CPs shortly - however, these may differ from those listed in this document."BT Statement