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BT FTTP does it overshadow the groups Q3 results?

While most people will be more interested in the FTTP on Demand news from BT today, there is still the small matter of the company publishing its third quarter results.

"We have delivered another quarter of growth in profits and cash flow despite the economic headwinds."

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive

BT Retail added some 146,000 customers in the last quarter (56% of the total from all providers using the Openreach local loop), which means BT Retail has some 6.1m broadband customers at the end of December 2011. BT Infinity (BT Retails version of the Openreach fibre products) added some 95,000 customers in the quarter, with some 400,000 customers on the service now. Consumer revenue from calls and line rental decreased by 6% even with the various price changes, though overall the decrease was lower at 5%, underpinned by business users. BT Vision added 39,000 customers in the quarter helping to push the ARPU up to £337, indicating the importance of broadband and BT Vision to BT Retails accounts.

BT Wholesale saw its revenue continue to decrease, the indications being this is down to changes in mobile termination rates, and the migration to IP based products and continued roll-out of LLU services.

Openreach is the business within the BT Group where things are changing fastest, in terms of what is available now some 7 million homes have the option of an Openreach fibre product, and the recent news that Sky is to start selling the service will increase uptake. Some 178 exchange locations have been recently announced for FTTC, there are the bandwidth plan changes to VDSL2 that will see speeds roughly double from 40 Mbps to 80 Mbps and upstream increase to 20 Mbps. For the full fibre products, there is the news of Fibre On Demand for FTTC areas for launch in 2013, a launch of the 330 Mbps product in the Spring of 2012, and testing is underway on a 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) product.

To add a little history, so we can see how far the UK has come, nine years ago BT was annoucing the trials for Home 1000 (1 Mbps) where its wholesale price was £23, the same monthly price now buys an Openreach 110 Mbps service. The retail price for both is was/is higher as the providers have to add their bandwidth costs on top.


No mention on whether there was any change to the scope of FTTC coverage? No Mention of impact of BDUK funding?

Can't see anything in the BT results (at a quick glance)

  • WWWombat
  • over 8 years ago

No change to FTTC coverage, i.e. still the commercial two thirds, plus whatever BDUK projects that go to BT as I understand it

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

I doubt BT would want to move into the final thrid given the actual take up is still around the 5% mark for FTTC.

I suppose this is the problem with very cheap broadband the price point is king.

  • undecidedadrian
  • over 8 years ago

Ofcom's figures showed 5% nationally have access to superfast, including BT's fibre and Virgin's higher products.

Within BT Retail, they have 6 million broadband customers, of which 400k are on infinity - so around 7%.

But given that the fibre rollout has only reached about 1/3 of the country, doesn't this mean that the actual takeup of Infinity is about 21% where it is available? And that doesn't include people on the "option 3 with fibre" variant.

  • WWWombat
  • over 8 years ago

FTTC is still a distant prospect in E16 where I still only get 1Meg download.

Very sad and VERY daft.

BT say that when the estate was built everyone was on a direct connection to Albert Dock exchange so there is no cabinet to do FTTC.

If anyone has any advice please send me a message to help 700+ users. Thanks

  • rickw
  • over 8 years ago


Have you tried to get as many as possible to sign up to the VM cable up my street?

  • themanstan
  • over 8 years ago

Can see signs of FTTC speeds in Ivy Road, E16 and Churchill Road.

Speeds look poor for ADSL2+ though, can understand those south of Victoria Dock Road, as the legacy wiring may be the issue there.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

rickw, how far are you from the exchange?

  • GMAN99
  • over 8 years ago

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