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Openreach launch full fibre FTTP service
Monday 02 July 2012 10:52:50 by Andrew Ferguson

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.


Posted by cyberdoyle over 4 years ago
What we really need is a price for 'excess costs' which is what kills the leased line option for premises a distance from exchanges (or cabs).
Posted by Yorkie71 over 4 years ago
Has there been any word on installation and connection costs mentioned? The reports stated that it would be "up to the user" how to charge. The user in respect to Openreach being the ISP presumably.
Posted by noreng over 4 years ago
Which are the 15 exchanges mentioned in the roll out item?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
No news of FTTP on Demand install costs yet, trials will produce that.

GEA FTTP pricing is well known though.

Posted by FTTH over 4 years ago
I have seen £80 one off install bounced around for Wholesale. Seems very low to me. If true Fantastic news!

I think we now have 3 types of 'fibre broadband' offer from BT? FTTC, FTTP and FTTPoD.. Its the FTTPoD that I would be keen to know the Price of.
Posted by nmg196 over 4 years ago
Not going to hold my breath for this. It seems BT can't be bothered to enable most cabinets for FTTC even when the exchange has been enabled.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
The £80 ish install figure for FTTP is correct, ISP may vary slightly, or even be free.

FTTPoD - will vary according to amount of work to get it to you. But monthly subscription for the 40, 80, 110 or 330 will be the same.
Posted by otester over 4 years ago

It's all about cherry picking, profit.
Posted by GMAN99 over 4 years ago
? Its not much of a cherry pick then, 15 exchanges.
Posted by GMAN99 over 4 years ago
Arr sorry your talking about cabinet activation? Its about perceived take up of course, say it cost £30k to enable a cabinet and there were only two people interested in using the service, that's bad business practice if you enable it.

I'm sure if enough people hit the "Register Interest" button it will be activated
Posted by vicdupreez over 4 years ago
Were is that button!!!
Posted by GMAN99 over 4 years ago
:) When you put your number into the BT Infinity site it will tell you what you can get, if you can't get Infinity there is a button to register your interest. I can't think of any other way they can measure interest so... must be worth doing
Posted by jeep over 4 years ago
tbh dont think they take any notice of these,reason being a town approx 6 miles away from the town i live in is showing as a future exchange for fttc etc, yet has less registered interest than the town i live in ?
Posted by otester over 4 years ago

Yeah, I'm not criticizing them though, I reserve that for the government, which has created this situation (the need to cherry pick).
Posted by vicdupreez over 4 years ago
Done... Somehow I am sceptical...
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
The cherry picking is not unique to the UK, it is the same anywhere in World where a PLC is investing its own money on a roll-out.
Posted by themanstan over 4 years ago
IF I recall correctly, Sweden and the Baltic states have all been able to piggy back off government owned infrastructure to reach far and wide. Which significantly reduces capital costs and provides an incentive to roll out... no such luxuries in Blighty!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Sweden is heavily based around municipalities, which is smaller than the county level (5000 people minimum size).

They have rolled their own, and a good few networks are then sold on to the commercial operator at a later date.

Its not clear in Sweden whether its just the town in the municipality that is covered, or all the outlying farms/homes.
Posted by broughtondon over 4 years ago
I've got FTTx-all at the moment....
Posted by otester over 4 years ago
What I mean is BT has to allow competition within its own network, therefore they get as much money back, hence more thought goes into cherry picking.

Then you have all the debt BT/VM have and taxes on lit fiber...

Posted by camieabz over 4 years ago
So no longer a two-tier service. We have:

Sub 2 Meg
Sub 1 Meg
Sub 512k

Nine-tier broadband for the nation.
Posted by nredwood over 4 years ago
FTTP FVA as well
Posted by otester over 4 years ago


Thought it went from ADSLmax to ADSL2+...
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
"Exemption is applied to only the first service installed per premise. If no previous GEA installation exemption has been applied to a premise, the first £1000 of charges will not be raised where additional 'last drop' provision work from the fibre Distribution Point (DP) into the end user premises is required."

Excess charges are tabulated on the Openreach site. Brownfield FTTP exempt to £1000 (compared to copper USO at £3400)
Posted by lmschuffer over 4 years ago
Cabinet Activation !, the Welsh Gov have an up to £1000 each scheme for us on < 2Mb to go faster but it seems the EU state aid issue prevents the village getting together (30 x 1000ish) and getting OR/BT to do the upgrade !, if somebody else does it we will all have to change our ISP's. actually getting the money is the easy bit !.Why is life so hard ?.
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