The largely FTTC based roll-out from the various Government funded broadband projects across the UK is a large and is an easy target for those complaining about money wasted on broadband roll-outs, but the roll-outs are not just FTTC based. Westminster recently proudly announced that we had passed the 1 million properties milestone, with this million able to order a superfast fibre based service landmark recently (in Wales the figure was 190,393).
A good number of the individual projects, including the Welsh Government project tasked with the large task of bringing fibre based services to 96% of premises have talked about making some native FTTP available, and the first signs of this happening in Wales are evident.
This is NOT Fibre on Demand, but native FTTP, which means it is available at speeds between 40 Mbps and 330 Mbps (maximum of 30 Mbps upload) and the wholesale pricing is the same as the FTTC services which are more widely available. For business use, providers such as AAISP and Claranet are just two of the alternatives to the standard BT Business services.
Business parks invariably have a large footprint geographically which often means lots of cabinets needed to serve it, or FTTC speeds will be low. So seeing FTTP being rolled out suggests that while the money available is no where near enough to do universal FTTP in the intervention areas where it makes sense it is being rolled out. Exactly how much FTTP will appear across Wales is not known at this time, but we believe it may rival Cornwall for the amount of FTTP available in the end.
Update 3:30pm Added another four exchange areas that have some FTTP availability.