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Openreach will provide FTTC from 30,000 cabinets by end of 2014
Thursday 29 March 2012 10:04:21 by Andrew Ferguson

The Openreach FTTC investment programme should by completion at the end of 2014 reach some two thirds of the UK, and is expected to pass some ten million homes in 2012. This commercial investment programme while ambitious is generating some resentment by those who live in areas that have an FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) enabled exchange, but their specific cabinet has not been enabled. Something similar used to happen back in 2003 to 2005 when people keen to get ADSL for the first time, would complain that the neighbouring exchange offered ADSL, but theirs did not.

The scale of the task in rolling out FTTC is revealed by the following facts, Openreach has some 85,000 street cabinets spread around the UK providing telephone service, and it estimates that the FTTC programme will mean 30,000 FTTC cabinets are installed in around 1450 exchange areas. The amount of fibre installed to serve these cabinets is calculated as being 50,000 km.

In theory if your cabinet has not been enabled while others on your exchange have, then showing a good level of demand, i.e. 50 to 100 people committed to signing up to the service on a cabinet may help encourage Openreach to revisit an area and enable a cabinet. Also if your local authority is canvassing residents about its BDUK project, ensure that people in your area have filled in the survey.


Posted by ahockings over 5 years ago
How many have they done so far?
I'm on the Totnes exchange with some 5500 connections. Surely that one will get on the list?
Posted by welshwarrior over 5 years ago
Is there a list of these 1450 Exchange Areas available anywhere online?

Very much doubt mine is included but might check anyway.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
The list gets announced in phases, so we do expect some more later this year in the summer.

Posted by welshwarrior over 5 years ago
Thanks Andrew. Is there anywhere to see what's been announced so far?
Posted by New_Londoner over 5 years ago
Have you tried here:

Click on the pdf/excel links under the heading "Download the rollout plan lists."
Posted by rogan8 over 5 years ago
21,000 done so far, apparently
Posted by warweezil over 5 years ago
Funny that - once again we see tiny 900 line exchnages in Cornwall getting fibre while the several thousand line exchnages in this county gets zero on the basis of these plans.

Digital divide - We has it!
Posted by Saurus over 5 years ago
Posted by New_Londoner about 6 hours ago
Have you tried here:
Rofl, just looked at my area total of 21 exchanges covering a large swathe of Suffolk/Norfolk including town of Diss, none of which are planned for upgrade ever!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago

That is because Cornwall came up with money to invest with BT to enable those exchanges, and was announced back in Sept 2010
Posted by welshwarrior over 5 years ago
Cheers for the replies. Yep - tried the link and looks like nothing's planned for thre time being.

@ Warweezil - what speed you got down there now since the upgrade fella?
Posted by chrish16 over 5 years ago
What about people that have exchange only lines (connect straight to the exchange and not via a cabinet)?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Cornwall is likely to be the place that sees the Exchange only solution first
Posted by michaels_perry over 5 years ago
So that means virtually no rural location, especially hamlets, will ever see FTTC/H/P!
The 'digital divide' widens.
Posted by RAConnell over 5 years ago
BT stating what changes are enabled is meaningless unless they give a street by street FTTC list. Moreover both the exchange enabling and FTTC availability dates get continually put back. Using the BT Broadband site checker :

is as up to date as one can get but as said it continually gets changed. BT is a waste of space if they cannot plan properly. Maybe their delays are aimed at keeping people waiting for BT Infinity rather than going elsewhere.
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