BT announced on Wednesday afternoon that the next phases in the Wichelstowe development in Swindon will be getting Openreach FTTP as the native broadband connection.
"Wichelstowe will be a high quality sustainable development with a focus on creating a great place for people to live, and we are pleased to be working with Openreach to make super-fast fibre available to every home in these new developments in Middle and West Wichel.Swindon Councillor Mary Martin
The roll-out is aiming to cover some 3,650 premises including both flats and houses with work starting in 2016. Openreach already has 200,000 premises where FTTP at download speeds of 40 to 330 Mbps (upload ranges from 10 Mbps to 30 Mbps) are available depending on what people decide to order, and once combined with the 40,000 - 45,000 premises covered by KC tips incumbent led FTTP coverage in the UK to 0.9% and with the various other FTTP/B providers the UK coverage is getting close to 2%.
The East Wichel part of the Wichelstowe development already has FTTH via one of the alt-nets in the form of IFNL and is a key part of the estates ethos where no external aerials or satellite dishes are allowed.
The wholesale install fee for Openreach FTTP is £99+VAT, but this cost is spread across the BT Infinity contract period if people order an Infinity 1,2,3 or 4 package from BT Retail, other providers are able to offer the GEA-FTTP service, but for the average consumer the only other big name is PlusNet who oddly restrict FTTP to existing customers. Exactly why TalkTalk and Sky don't offer the service is a mystery, but given recent submissions to Ofcom calling for branding changes, it might be as important as brand perception.