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Openreach update on fibre to the cabinet rollout

Openreach have this week released an update on the status of the fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) deployments with some revised ready for service dates. FTTC uses fibre optic cable from the telephone exchange to a road side cabinet where equipment is housed which connects to your phone line, giving improved broadband service with speeds up to 40Meg. 29 exchanges were announced as the first to receive access to this new technology. The table details below gives a date for when these exchanges are expected to be ready to receive orders. These are deemed to be "phase 2" of the FTTC rollout, and this covers around 500,000 homes. A further 69 were announced in July.

Exchange Area Cabinet Ready for service date
Glasgow Halfway Glasgow 02/11/2009
Cardiff Cardiff 04/01/2010
Dean Edinburgh 04/01/2010
Didsbury Greater Manchester 04/01/2010
Enfield London 04/01/2010
Failsworth Greater Manchester 04/01/2010
Glasgow Western Glasgow 04/01/2010
Halifax West Yorkshire 04/01/2010
Heaton Moor Greater Manchester 04/01/2010
Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire 04/01/2010
Pudsey West Yorkshire 04/01/2010
Taffs Well Rhondda Cynon Taf 04/01/2010
Tottenham London 04/01/2010
Bury Greater Manchester 11/01/2010
Calder Valley West Yorkshire 11/01/2010
Chingford London 11/01/2010
Leagrave Bedfordshire 11/01/2010
Thamesmead London 11/01/2010
Woolwich London 11/01/2010
Chelmsford Essex 11/01/2010 *
Edmonton London 11/01/2010 *
Luton Bedfordshire 11/01/2010 *
Oldham Greater Manchester 11/01/2010 *
Rusholme Greater Manchester 11/01/2010 *
Watford Hertfordshire 11/01/2010 *
Belfast Balmoral Belfast To be notified separately
Canonbury London Possibly delayed
St. Albans Hertfordshire Possibly delayed
Highams Park London Now FTTP pilot

Highams Park will not be enabled with FTTC at this time as it will instead be part of the FTTH pilot. Canonbury and St Albans may not reach the target date for Phase 2 of the FTTC deployment and as such may be replaced by Caerphilly and Basingstoke respectively which will have a cabinet ready date of late January 2010. The exchanges marked with an asterisk have a risk of not enough cabinets being enabled to be released on the date specified, however a better idea should be available next month.


I wish BT would stop delaying and faffing about and actually deploy FTTH (NOT GPON but real ptp FTTH) and then we would not have them faffing about in a few years time again.

  • timmay
  • over 11 years ago

I think they'd be better aiming for FTTH in urban areas and FTTC in rural areas. FTTH at the heart of UK networking is a short-termist view.

I'm also hopeful that someone is keeping an eye on backhaul and core networks. It's not good just upgrading the last mile.

  • AndrueC
  • over 11 years ago

Only just noticed that the 4 greater manchester exchanges are all heavy student areas, that should do a good job of testing capacity...

  • boggits
  • over 11 years ago

Nothing for the West Midlands???

  • matbarrie
  • over 11 years ago

matbarrie all of midlands east and west so far is a massive blackhole in the plans.

  • chrysalis
  • over 11 years ago

Lots of other areas missing. What do you expect?

  • Somerset
  • over 11 years ago

boggits: They are also IIRC the areas where ADSL was originally first rolled out.

  • Bin216
  • over 11 years ago

How about wireless from the cabinet to the home ?
- this would save re-wiring the last 500 metres

Available from

They also offer wireless from the exchange


  • RufusGreenbaum
  • over 11 years ago

Anyone know what the deal is with ST Albans (& Cannonbury I guess). Are they delayed by a few weeks, months or indefinitely?

St Albans

  • rjavery
  • over 11 years ago

I kinda hope they do a good job of it, I live in basingstoke, about 2.6 miles from the exchange, and my service is not all that great, although it has improved drastically in the last few months, I harrassed Sky till I got someone to tweak the settings so it wasnt so unstable

  • Thalgrum
  • over 11 years ago

Once again the North East of England is missed out

  • jimbat
  • over 11 years ago

4 North East exchanges in next phase.

  • Somerset
  • over 11 years ago

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