Fibre on Demand is something that got lots of people excited earlier in 2013, but once the pricing and limited availability become apparent for many the interest waned. Well its time to reconsider, as it looks like the roll-out is starting to get underway as another 18 exchange areas where Fibre on Demand (FoD) will be available has been announced.
Bangor North Wales, Bodmin, Brighton Portslade (CC), Bude, Camborne, Devoran, Hayle, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Par, Penzance, Port Talbot, St. Austell, Stenalee, Truro, Woburn SandsThe 18 new exchanges for the Fibre on Demand service
For those not aware of what Fibre on Demand is, it is the option to obtain a full Fibre to the Premises (i.e. real fibre optic cable into your business/property) by paying a larger than usual set-up fee, that is based on your distance from the aggregation node (which will be located near to your FTTC cabinet) and subject to a three year contract you will get a 300 Mbps download speed (30 Mbps upload) broadband connection without any of the distance issues of ADSL2+ or VDSL2. IMPORTANT: FoD is only available to properties that can order a FTTC based service.
Blackfriars (CC MT), Brighton Hove (CC), Brighton Withdean (CC), Gedling, Hillside; Hereford & Worcester, Holmer Green, Irlam (CC MT), Manchester Central (CC MT), Nottingham Longbow, Oldham, Paddock Wood, Penn; Buckinghamshire, Ramsbottom, Saddleworth, Tonbridge, Tottington, Tunbridge WellsExchanges in Central/East/South East of England offering Fibre on Demand
Basingstoke, Bristol South (CC), Falmouth, Hook, Keynsham, Littlewick Green, Maidenhead, Penryn, Redruth, St.Agnes, Turgis Green Chineham, Bodmin, Bude, Camborne, Devoran, Hayle, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Par, Penzance, St.Austell, Stenalees, TruroExchanges in the South West offering Fibre on Demand
Bromsgrove, Cardiff (CC MT), Culverhouse (CC MT), Droitwich, High Wycombe, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Princes Risborough, Roath (CC MT), SouthamExchanges in Wales & Northern Home Counties offering Fibre on Demand
Edinburgh Waverley (CC MT), Garston, Malone; Belfast (CC MT), WatfordExchanges in other parts of the UK offering Fibre on Demand
The acronyms are CC MT - expected to be part of the Connected Cities Market Trial areas and CC are those expected to be in the main Connected Cities Programme when it starts.
While we don't have the full details for the continued roll-out, a further 82 exchanges are expected to be announced by the end of December and another 161 by the end of March 2014, taking the total to 303 exchanges. Further phases are expected and as announcements are made we will keep people updated as we have done with the FTTC roll-outs in the last five years.
Hopefully as Fibre on Demand grows Openreach will also catch up with the FTTP roll-out that is the native superfast solution for some exchange areas, in the native FTTP areas you can order a wider variety of product speeds including 40/10, 80/20, 110/20, 220,20 and 330/30 (download/upload speed), with the install costs and monthly fees mirroring the standard FTTC products.