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Openreach announces another 73 exchanges for FTTC
Tuesday 20 March 2012 10:21:28 by Andrew Ferguson

The roll-out of the original ADSL services took a few years, but now most people have had a taste for broadband, the addiction is kicking in, and announcements of the superfast broadband roll-outs are always being asked about. Openreach has announced another 73 exchanges as part of phase 9b for its Fibre to the Cabinet (VDSL2) service.

The 73 exchange areas cover some 705,000 homes and businesses, and while not all cabinets are enabled, and exchange only lines will miss out, the general estimate is that 85% of lines on an exchange will benefit. The ready for service (RFS) date is Spring 2013, but as people in other areas have discovered, this date can move around due to local delays. With these 73 exchanges added to the roll-out, Openreach is now set to have its FTTC/FTTP services available to around 16 million homes and businesses.

ABERDEEN NORTH Aberdeen City KIRKBY IN ASHFIELD Nottinghamshire
ACOCKS GREEN West Midlands LARBERT Falkirk
ALVASTON Derbyshire LEIGH; GREATER MANCHESTER Greater Manchester
AYR South Ayrshire LLANELLI Sir Gaerfyrddin - Carmarthenshire
BARROW-IN-FURNESS Cumbria LONGRIDGE Lancashire
BONESS Falkirk LOW FELL Tyne and Wear
BRADFORD-ON-AVON Wiltshire MANNINGHAM West Yorkshire
BRIXHAM Devon MELTON MOWBRAY Leicestershire
BROXBURN West Lothian MERSTHAM Surrey
BUXTON; DERBYSHIRE Derbyshire MOTHERWELL North Lanarkshire
CANFORD CLIFFS Dorset PAIGNTON Devon
CHIPPING SODBURY Gloucestershire PARKSTONE Dorset
CLAUGHTON Merseyside PORT TALBOT Castell-nedd Port Talbot - Neath Port Talbot
CRADLEY HEATH West Midlands POULTON; LANCASHIRE Lancashire
CULLOMPTON Devon PRIORY West Midlands
DAVIDSONS MAINS City of Edinburgh RAVENHILL Abertawe - Swansea
ECCLES Greater Manchester RHYL Sir Ddinbych - Denbighshire
ELLESMERE PORT Cheshire SANDIACRE Nottinghamshire
FALKIRK Falkirk SEDGLEY West Midlands
FISHPONDS City of Bristol SHAFTESBURY Dorset
FLEETWOOD Lancashire SHARROW South Yorkshire
FORFAR Angus SIDMOUTH Devon
FRASERBURGH Aberdeenshire ST ANNE'S Lancashire
GLASGOW KIRKINTILLOCH East Dunbartonshire ST. BUDEAUX Devon
GLASGOW MARYHILL Glasgow City ST. MARYCHURCH Devon
GLASGOW PAISLEY Renfrewshire STANECASTLE North Ayrshire
GLASTONBURY Somerset STREET Somerset
GOUROCK Inverclyde SWANSEA Abertawe - Swansea
GRANGEMOUTH Falkirk TROON South Ayrshire
GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN Norfolk VENTNOR Isle of Wight
HEBDEN BRIDGE West Yorkshire WADSLEY BRIDGE South Yorkshire
HIGHBURY West Midlands WEST WIGSTON Leicestershire
HIGHCLIFFE Dorset WHITCHURCH;SHROPSHIRE Gwynedd - Gwynedd
HORWICH Greater Manchester WILLENHALL West Midlands
INVERNESS Highland WOBURN SANDS Bedfordshire
KINGSWINFORD West Midlands WOLVERHAMPTON West Midlands
    WORKINGTON Cumbria

Comments

Posted by browney over 5 years ago
Nice see NESUN change to CS.
Posted by spartan64 over 5 years ago
It would be good if BT concentrated on areas with no cable access. At present much of this development just give people a choice of superfast provider while others remain with old copper connections!
Posted by New_Londoner over 5 years ago
@Spartan
If this reaches around 16 million homes then it will of course include pretty much all those covered by cable plus another 4 million or so. Many of the remainer in the "final third" will hopefully be covered by the BDUK-funded project.
Posted by Aqualung over 5 years ago
Amazing we are on that list yet haven't got 21cn yet, years late.
Posted by MAN_FACE over 5 years ago
I cannot believe my exchange is there RAVENHILL, I thought they'd forgotten about Wales.
Posted by tthom over 5 years ago
Can't see my exchange getting FTTC anytime soon due to virgin media serving half of my exchange and I'm not in that half about 6 months ago my exchange got 21cn but already had adsl max so think we'll be left out for the near future
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
@aqualung an exchange does not need 21CN to offer GEA, the fibre backhaul can go to another nearby exchange and long term that will be plan, i.e. close some of the smaller exchanges
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
@spartan64 targeting areas that have Virgin cable access does have one benefit in that competition helps to drive price down.
Posted by Borisvon over 5 years ago
@spartan64
Thought i was the only paranoid one who thought that also.
Only one on the list north east and again (like nearly all the exchanges) its in a heavily vm populated area!
Looks like bt just want to steal vm customers and two fingers to us stuck on 1.5 meg with no other options..
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
Actually TalkTalk, Sky, BT Retail and all the other ISPs wanting the existing VM customers.
Posted by Borisvon over 5 years ago
@john i would glad pay bt twice what i pay them now if they could deliver.
Competition may drive down prices but doesn't help people stuck without any options, in fact may cause harm if there is little profit involved in upgrading those services.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
@Borisvon

You've struck the nail on the head... the absence of other ISPs (physical presence) shows that there is little to no profit to be made in rural areas.
Otherwise, they would be a plethora of ISPs rolling out services. We've already seen Fujitsu revise their statements regarding BDUK rural roll-out, especially for Scotland, saying that the numbers don't add up.
Even using B4RNs not for profit figures for roll-out it's ~£27B for national FTTH. It's just a massive and expensive undertaking for any ISP.
Posted by garddelan over 5 years ago
Since when is Whitchurch; Shropshire in Gwynedd (Wales)? lol
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
@New_Londoner, Don't bet on it
Posted by Borisvon over 5 years ago
@themanstan I wouldn't care as much if i was in a very rural area,
Im only 5 miles from the town centre and bt has fibre 1/4 mile in one direction (different exchange to mine) and vm 1/4 mile in the other and im a black hole and neither company will fill in the hole!!
Posted by Michael_Chare over 5 years ago
No exchanges in Kent. I expect that BT are after BDUK money!
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
@Borisvon

In some respect's it's luck of the draw.

Is it the case that the exchange you are connected to is not part of FTTC yet or that not all cabs have been upgraded?

I'm just outside a city in a village, but wer're fed from an exchange in the city. We were lucky that BT decided to include us as part of the roll-out, as the village is just outside the city limits.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
BT is more likely to backfill than VM.
General consensus is that VM has reached a physical limit at which OFCOM will allow them to operate without having to wholesale services.
Hence, why they were keen advocates of Fujitsu, whom they would wholesale off.
Posted by baby_frogmella over 5 years ago
Andrew, Inverness has 2 exchanges: Inverness Macdui & Inverness Culloden. I presume you meant Inverness Macdui?
Posted by charlesl over 5 years ago
I see that my FTTC date has slipped another 3 months in the BT Wholesale DSL checker since yesterday - it's now due by 30th June 2012, a year on from the first date shown in the checker
Posted by Borisvon over 5 years ago
@themanstan My exchange is not updated for fttc and not on any update lists, i just wish i understood there upgrade logic as it seems totally sporadic to me!

Posted by redrum217uk over 5 years ago
Miss out again :( It feels like every exchange around will be done, I thought it was because we have less than 10k properties but other have less than that too! I can't really moan as I do get a solid 12mb connection.
Posted by FenTar over 5 years ago
My FTTC date has slipped also, loosing count of the number of times - since early last year - then 31 Dec 2011 then 31 Mar 2012 - NOW 30 Jun 2012.
Posted by MAN_FACE over 5 years ago
@FenTar.

I've been seeing all day lots and lots of exchanges dates being moved to June 30th, maybe because of the football ?
Posted by fastman over 5 years ago
FEntar is this your exchange or cab -- if cab suggest planning, siting or power issues as cab prob not stood up or powered adn then recurring 3month delays until fixed
Posted by Scubaholic over 5 years ago
The news for me in central London gets worse!
Posted by ahockings over 5 years ago
Nice to see Devon actually getting some exchanges updated. Why the hell isn't mine on there, Totnes. Over 6000 connections and the central hub of the South Hams. Oh well, better wait for the next update...
Posted by zemadeiran over 5 years ago
Why is the government pissing into the wind?

The UK has an annual GDP of 2 trillion dollars.
£28 Billion is eff all and will provide a massive boost in GDP.

It is time for our politicians to stop talking shit and pull their finger out of their arse!

We should be going for unlimited speed and leave all these dubious download caps in the bin.

Fiber tech with WDM is currently at 100gbps per wavelength and you can fit 40 of those into a single fiber strand.

This is not taking into account the leaps being made lately in splitting that light into even more wavelengths.
Posted by m0aur over 5 years ago
As per usual, Suffolk swerved.
Posted by chilting over 5 years ago
That's at least another year with line bonding at £60 per month just to get 2 meg. Best wishes to you BT from West Chiltington in deepest Sussex!!!
Posted by alwall over 5 years ago
Cheltenham has FTTC, Gloucester getting FTTC, large village midway between the two (pop.>11,0000) still waiting
Posted by thecarer1 over 5 years ago
well surprise surprise..... nothing in the stoke-on-trent area is been upgraded again

come on ISPS pull your finger out
Posted by chrysalis over 5 years ago
zemadeiran whilst I agree, I would still expect even with a government owned fibre isp's to sell it as cheap as possible with caps as the market is too competitive, and also due to piracy pressure for the up speeds to be less than 100mbit.
Posted by Saurus over 5 years ago
Yippee, the list of towns outside of Suffolk gets shorter, hopefully meaning Suffolk gets nearer to having towns/areas which might make it someday!
Posted by mabibby over 5 years ago
BT Sceptic to Fanboy in one news article!

As if Rhyl is planned?!? Yay!

Thanks BT!
Posted by idf03 over 5 years ago
I am not in a VM served street (all the surrounding streets have VM) and my exchange *is* finally in the above list.
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
Don't cellarbrate yet, your cabinet might not be part of the rollout.
Posted by mabibby
BT Sceptic to Fanboy in one news article!

As if Rhyl is planned?!? Yay!

Thanks BT!
Posted by lillybry over 5 years ago
It seems somewhat unfair when I struggle to get 2.5mbps a mile from the exchange (in a rural area) and still have to pay the same price per month as someone who gets 8, 10, 20mbps or more.
Posted by RAConnell over 5 years ago
Well Guildford was connected by end March with BT advising FTTC would be available then on my phone number. But guess what? Date was frevised to end June 2012. FTTC-enabled exchanges dates are no guide as to when BT will actually connect to the street cabinet. BT are a shambles.
Posted by MAN_FACE over 4 years ago
Well, I have to say that Openreach are not going to do my cabinet. Tossers.
Posted by MAN_FACE over 3 years ago
Horay.....!! Got my fibre today...
Posted by MAN_FACE over 3 years ago
Two whole years later when this appeared...
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