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3,000 business and homes in Mayfair to get Openreach FTTP
Monday 15 August 2016 14:07:19 by Andrew Ferguson

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.

Comments

Posted by Kebabselector 4 months ago
Judging by what it costs on Monopoly to build in Mayfair you'd have thought that area would be one that could afford co-funding.
Posted by TheEulerID 4 months ago
The rich didn't get rich without using their political influence so that others felt obliged to spend money on them.

Of course the costs of FTTP are small change to the (new, 25 year old) Duke of Westminster (who, or rather the family trust) owner of most of Mayfair), and the rents are huge, but that doesn't mean the trust will put its hands into its metaphorical pockets. It might have happened, who knows, but influence counts.
Posted by ukwoody 4 months ago
Umm, Ok, so they can find the money to upgrade the richest areas to FTTP but in the mean time some of us are still on 0.5M rurally! talk about a widening gap.
Posted by TheEulerID 4 months ago
@ukwoody

The investment on this will be tiny compared on what's required for rural areas. Mayfair is very compact, it's likely to have a lot of ducting already available, many of the properties are flats and the owner of the local properties (namely the Duke of Westminster's family trust) will no doubt have been very cooperative.

In short, it has no real impact on the rural financial case.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 4 months ago
On the gap, more likely to find Openreach FTTP in a rural location than an urban
Posted by Blackmamba 4 months ago
Hi Broadband Watchers.
It does show that Openreach is working on the RED Yellow, Green post Codes on TBB maps in London thus showing the MP,s the situation in their own areas and could pick up good and bad data keeping them informed.
Posted by CarlThomas 4 months ago
I doubt Openreach are really bothered by the TBB maps. This is about PR and Mayfair coming into scope. Probably couldn't deliver cabinets and previous deployment methods were too expensive.
Posted by Blackmamba 4 months ago
Hi Carl
It will be the manager in the Mayfair area that will be concerned over the Post Code that are showing RED ( TBB Maps) as they will have to exspain to the higher level management the situation and what will be the outcome in the following months. This will be highlighting other areas through out the UK even down to the urban management coverage.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 4 months ago
@blackmamba The red yellow green postcodes are where FTTC or FTTP is live already, so no more work usually on them.

The idea of that layer is to allow people to visualise the percentage levels of coverage, and see the holes in areas that Openreach do cover (though of course Virgin Media or others may cover it - a new Virgin Media layer is on the way).
Posted by Blackmamba 4 months ago
Hi Andrews Staff and Others.
I am only interested in the RED Post Codes ( 0-4) that is where the complaints will come from EG MP,s and counciler and customers so they must be correct more sub sections the better. You are now hitting the market with this new updates plus the % results. Good Work.
Posted by fastman 4 months ago
blackmamaba -- I have no view on what you are referering to

It will be the manager in the Mayfair area that will be concerned over the Post Code that are showing RED ( TBB Maps) as they will have to exspain to the higher level management the situation and what will be the outcome in the following months.

what are you referring to -- they will have no view on fibre broadband coverage in their are area -- its not in their remit !!!! they will have too much other stuff to do !!!!

Openreach well aware of Mayfair


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