The £2.5 billion spend on the commercial superfast broadband roll-out by Openreach has the goal of reaching 19 million UK premises by the end of Spring 2014 and is currently on course to hit this target.
The news today is not massive in terms of the impact on the overall figures, but for those affected it is likely to be very welcome news. Nine new exchanges are set to get fibre based broadband (FTTC) via the commercial roll-out with some 58,000 homes and businesses benefiting from the new service between September 2013 and Spring 2014 in these nine new areas.
- Great Wakering, Essex
- Holland on Sea, Essex
- Horton Bank, West Yorkshire
- Hoyland, South Yorkshire
- Ingatestone, Essex
- Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
- Kenton, Tyne and Wear
- Lower Shelton, Bedfordshire
- West Mersea, EssexNew exchanges added to Openreach fibre roll-out
Some additional good news is that further infill work will be carried out on exchanges already offering FTTC services, with cabinets covering some 78,000 premises also having a fibre twin added.
Update 6pm: We have managed to get Openreach to release the list of areas to benefit from the infill work which is as follows:
ABINGDON, ALDERSHOT, ALTON, AMERSHAM, ASTLEY BRIDGE, BARMING, BARNET, BATH KINGSMEAD, BAYSWATER, BECKENHAM, BELFAST CITY, BEXLEYHEATH, BIGGIN HILL, BINGLEY, BIRCHWOOD, BLACKFRIARS, BOTLEY, BOURNE END, BRADWELL ABBEY, BRIGG, BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN, BROOKHALL, CAMBRIDGE CENTRAL, CANVEY ISLAND, CATFORD, CHELTENHAM, CHESTER-LE-STREET, COBHAM, COODEN, COPTHORNE, CRAWLEY, CREGAGH, CROUCH END, CROYDON, CULLINGWORTH, DARTON, DAWLEY, DOVER, EARLS COURT, EASTBOURNE PEVENSEY, ECKINGTON; DERBYSHIRE, ELY, EVERSLEY, EVESHAM, FINCHLEY, FORTWILLIAM, GREAT DUNMOW, GREAT MISSENDEN, GUILDFORD, HACKNEY, HALSTEAD, HAMPSTEAD, HARDWICKE, HAREHILLS, HASLEMERE, HITCHIN, HOOK, HORBURY/ OSSETT, HUNTINGDON, KENSAL GREEN, KNOTTINGLEY, LARK LANE, LEYLAND, LICHFIELD, LORDS, LOWER HOLLOWAY, MAIDA VALE, MAIDENHEAD, MARTON, WARWICKSHIRE, MIDSOMER NORTON, MILE END, MILTON KEYNES, MIRFIELD, MITCHAM, MORTLAKE, MOTTRAM, NEWTON ABBOT, NINE ELMS, NORTH FINCHLEY, NORTH PADDINGTON, OSWESTRY, PALMERS GREEN, PIMLICO, PINNER, PLYMOUTH, PORTISHEAD, POTTERS BAR, PRIMROSE HILL, PRUDHOE, RAYLEIGH, READING CENTRAL, REDHILL, RICHMOND KEW, SEACROFT, SEVENOAKS, SLOUGH, SOUTHAMPTON, ST.NEOTS, STANLEY, MERSEYSIDE, STANMORE, STOKE BISHOP, STONEYFORD, STONY STRATFORD, STOURBRIDGE, STROUD, SUTTON CHEAM, SWINDON, SYDENHAM, TEDDINGTON, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, UPHOLLAND, UPPER HOLLOWAY, WANSTEAD, WATERLOOVILLE, WEMBLEY, WEYBRIDGE, WHITCHURCH, HAMPSHIRE, WHITELEY, WIGAN, WINDSOR, WOODLEY, GREATER MANCHESTEROpenreach FTTC Infill areas
The areas with the largest infill are Bayswater 9,790 premises, Earls Court (8,301), Mile End (4,151), Wanstead (3,081), Hackney (2,085), Cooden (1,749) and Lords (1,333).