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Where is Openreach rolling out to now?

The Openreach superfast broadband roll-out provides a mixture of elation or disappointment depending on exactly where you live, which is reminiscent of ten years ago when we used to see waves of complaints as exchange batches were enabled for the original ADSL services.

The last seven weeks has seen parts of fifteen exchanges areas gain service. Knowing you are connected that telephone exchange is not enough, you need to check whether you street cabinet has actually been enabled, the best place to do this is via your telephone number on the BT Wholesale checker, or via the full address checker for those with a full LLU telephone line. The Openreach Where and When website provides only exchange level information, though if there are delays to a cabinet these do sometimes appear when checking via a postcode.

NSKNC Aberdeen Kincorth NDBEX Bexhill
LCFLW Fleetwood (Wyre) CMHIGW Highway (Coventry)
EMKTTER Kettering LSLEA Leatherhead
ESPEB Peebles SWPN Pontypridd
NERE Ryhope (Sunderland) CMSTB Stourbridge
EASUD Sudbury (Suffolk) WWWADE Wadebridge
NEW Wallsend STWSTBN Westbourne
LVWID Widnes    

This is not the total activity of Openreach in the last few weeks, simply the new exchange areas where FTTC services have appeared. More street cabinets on exchanges already offering superfast services will have come online, in total since Openreach started its fibre service roll-out around 31,000 street cabinets have had their fibre twin added nearby.


cmon BT sort out Cmshel lol

  • stanman24
  • over 8 years ago

still no wakefield

  • banger9365
  • over 8 years ago

Still falling way behind. Out of the 192 exchanges scheduled for this quarter 15 have been enabled and that after 35 days into the quarter. To be on schedule they should have enabled over 70

  • Bob_s2
  • over 8 years ago

Maybe they're saving up for Christmas.

  • camieabz
  • over 8 years ago

Bob -- there are a number of factors determine how quickly we can get exchnages live and handed over - please note this a real plan (ratehr than one on paoer or on somesone pc - and our schedule is real and affecting premises daily

you still not shared which exchnage you are on -- i assume one that has not be declared or is not vialble to any commercial operator

  • fastman
  • over 8 years ago

@Bob_s2 This exchange rollout placeholder date info is meaningless for most of us,And even when the exchange is Accepting orders that for the majority on most exchanges is useless too, Only BT benefit by Announcing exchanges as accepting orders Because the option of FTTC is still not available to the majority on those exchanges,sometimes upto 6mths later

  • tommy45
  • over 8 years ago

Yawn. Still nothing planned by BT, not even for 2 years time, in Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

Should I write to Richard Branson and plead for him to get Virgin to cable our village?

  • keith969
  • over 8 years ago

Some cabinets where I live have been enabled however my one has not! No-one can tell me why it has not been done or when it will be. I have emailed boss of BT in Scotland but have yet to hear from him. I get a download speed of 2.8 Meg whilst others nearby get almost ten times as fast.

  • charlyb
  • over 8 years ago

'in total since Openreach started its fibre service roll-out around 31,000 street cabinets have had their fibre twin added nearby'

I'm sure this'll be deeply comforting to those who still can't receive the service and aren't on the roadmap.

Nice PR.

  • Dixinormous
  • over 8 years ago

I am told Egham is to get fibre "soon" but those of us who live in the backwoods, serviced by this awful exchange, haven't a hope in hell of an upgrade. Fibre should be given to rural areas 1st as cities get good speed already. I can't use YouTube or BBC i-player as it buffers constantly.

  • dragon1945
  • over 8 years ago

Still no rural offering of fibre in any form. We have the slowest ADSL because of line distances and poor quality but no sign of help to get speeds good enough to watch TV or films!

  • michaels_perry
  • over 8 years ago

The cabinets in Leatherhead were put in about 5 months ago, so here's hoping service will be available soon!

  • tilldiem
  • over 8 years ago

Keith969, while your at it can you ask him about Ewelme and RAF Benson too. 2000+ customers who would snap up fibre to get beyond the 0.5mb average speeds in that area.

BT would put fibre in as the exchanged is enabled, but since there is no competiton from virgin in that particular area they haven't bothered with our cabs......

  • daspeedz
  • over 8 years ago

I think we need to judge on a per cabinet basis since even if your exchange is listed their is no guarantee you will get it.

  • otester
  • over 8 years ago

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