Openreach has announced that some three thousand premises in Mayfair (London West End) will soon be enjoying GEA-FTTP as a superfast broadband option, and since it is FTTP it also ticks the ultrafast broadband box.
"I am delighted that this new way of bringing fibre to the premises is being piloted in the West End and hope that it can be extended throughout the central area of Westminster to allow residents and businesses cost-effective access to ultra-fast broadband which they have long craved."Councillor Jonathan Glanz, Member for West End Ward and lead member for broadband and connectivity on Westminster City Council
The roll-out was demonstrated with some splicing in Clifford Street and we will of course keep a keen eye on the roll-out to see which premises are helped and how far this will go to addressing the complaints of central London residents and business. London as region has the highest regional superfast coverage levels in the UK at 94.96% and rising each month due to the combination of roll-outs from Openreach, Virgin Media, Hyperoptic and others, but the picture does change across the various Boroughs with the City of Westminster only hitting 74.82% superfast coverage.
The use of high-density fibre micro cables which we have seen Openreach using in Swindon are a big part of the feature set for this central London roll-out and in an area where any roadworks is expensive and difficult to do due to the disruption caused anything that can avoid the need for more civil works will prove very useful.