We chased Openreach last week over rumours about the FTTP Fibre on Demand product ending, and we were told on Friday that a pause to the processing of new orders would be in place for a few months. Those who have existing orders in the system should still see there order progressing.
For those not aware Fibre On Demand is the option to order FTTP in areas that have FTTC, i.e. the fibre is extended directly into your home or office. Cost wise it can cost several £1,000 to install and around £150 to £200 a month for a 330 Mbps service, which means it is sits in between the FTTC products and traditional leased line services.
Based on how stretched Openreach already appears, which is evidenced by the continuing use of agency staff and fairly long install dates people are being given for FTTC it is likely that a lack of resources and ensuring that key contractual obligations for the BDUK projects in 2015 are key factors behind the temporary pause.