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BT presses down on accelerator in its fibre programme
Thursday 01 November 2012 10:01:16 by Andrew Ferguson

While BT is very often the company people love to complain about, particularly in respect to its commercial fibre programme, it is out there doing something, and that something is now set to complete during Spring 2014.

"The fact we are able to set an earlier target for the completion of our commercial roll-out is a fantastic testament to the ongoing hard work of our engineers. We look forward to welcoming many more engineers to Openreach over the coming months as we step up our recruitment drive to help connect fibre to more homes and businesses across the UK."

Liv Garfield, Openreach CEO

The commercial roll-out should see a FTTx solution available to some two thirds of UK premises, and Spring 2014 is 18 months ahead of the original target date. The roll-out currently passes some 12 million homes, and take up is 950,000 and importantly the amount of wholesale activity is increasing. BT Retail and its Infinity products account for 875,000 connections, the increased advertising from Sky and TalkTalk is starting to have an impact.

While the vast majority of the fibre roll-out is a partial fibre solution in the form of FTTC, the pure FTTP footprint should increase significantly in the next year. Even if Openreach only manages a 10% pure FTTP footprint, that still means some 2.5 million premises will have access to it. 2013 will also see the launch of Fibre on Demand (FoD), where those keen to get FTTP can pay a higher installation fee, probably in the order of £500 to £1500.

The push to complete the commercial roll-out is important, as with BT winning BDUK/local authority contracts it will soon be busy pushing its network from the two-thirds coverage to between 85% and 97% depending on the area of the country. The first part of the UK to see connections via a BDUK project is likely to be North Yorkshire, where the first connections are expected in Jan/Feb 2013 (six months after the contract was signed).


Posted by GMAN99 over 4 years ago
Great news. I can see this upsetting one certain individual though who spends day and night telling all how far behind bt are and that they cannot project manage a weekly shop. 18 months early !
Posted by BB4FABS over 4 years ago
Given that it seems to take about a year from BT announcing that an exchange is to be upgraded to FTTC before any customers actually get it, does this mean that BT has already made its final commercial (i.e. non-BDUK) "exchanges to be upgraded" announcement?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago

No, we are expecting one more batch of exchanges.
Posted by Borisvon over 4 years ago
it's clear looking at the dates they give and the date is goes live that bt have certainly been going at some pace to make 18months early.

hopefully they will do my cab before Dec 2013 :)
Posted by desouzr over 4 years ago
Waiting to see if my cab is part of the first phase of the Superfast North Yorkshire (BDUK) rollout which should be done during 2013...
Posted by fibrebunny over 4 years ago
It does seem curios what with the complaints of delays that they should pronounce themselves to be so far in advance. Maybe delays and work ahead of schedule are evening out. Either way it augurs well for the coming BDUK work which can only be good news for those left out so far.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
@fibrebunny the complaints of delays, most are from people looking at a small area and not the wider picture.

Posted by ShuggyScotland over 4 years ago
Fibre on demand sounds interesting? I take it if I'm in the middle of nowhere in the highlands of scotland some 7km from my telephone exchange this option won't be open to me even if I was willing to pay £3000 for installation?
Posted by fastman over 4 years ago
FOD will only be available on an an Enabled FTTC cab (either provided commercially or under BDUK) then up to you to pay to get FTTP
Posted by ShuggyScotland over 4 years ago
Thanks fastman, I'll take that as a no then (only 250 people on my exchange). Well at least the views are nice!
Posted by Ascottgent over 4 years ago
I have just been talking to TalkTalk about connection using Cotswold Broadband who intend FTTP in much of OX7, they stated that they don't use other networks but would be putting FTTP in this area within months. What do you know about this?
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