Openreach while focusing on its partial fibre (FTTC) solution to date, with the launch today of its its full fibre (FTTP) we will hopefully start to see this service available to wider areas of the UK. The current roll-out of FTTP is such that it is available to limited areas of 15 exchanges.
A range of product speeds are supported, from 40 Mbps to 330 Mbps, with the advantage from FTTP that the service will always connect at the speed ordered. The issue of contention/congestion will of course still apply, but the problems of the next door neighbours security light killing xDSL speeds become a thing of the past.
"These products, which have only previously been available to CPs on an ‘early market deployment’ basis, will initially be available within the 15 exchange areas where FTTP infrastructure has been deployed to date. However, this availability will improve as Openreach expands the FTTP network to other exchange areas and explores the option of deploying the service to new housing developments and multi dwelling units such as apartment blocks."Extract from Openreach press release DC12-197
Those areas that had been previously announced as getting the FTTP service should now start to see roll-out progressing, and coverage increasing to meet the original estimate of 10 to 15% of UK households having access to full FTTP.