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Openreach where and when updates showing more exchanges

While the big pressure on releasing information on the superfast broadband roll-out under the BDUK programme umbrella is now aimed at the local authorities, it is clear that the Openreach Where and When website is continuing and is updating regularly. The Openreach website may only give exchange level information and any dates are purely indicative as there are many things that may delay work, from a badgers set to emergency repairs to the sewers in an area.

There are now 1598 exchanges listed as accepting orders, for FTTC, FTTP or Fibre on Demand (FOD) or some combination of these. Fibre on Demand is only available in areas where FTTC is already available and the subset is still pretty small with the exchanges being: Garston, Gedling, High Wycombe, Hillside (Hereford & Worcester), Holmer Green, Hook, Irlam, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Maidenhead, Malone, Manchester Central, Nottingham Archer, Oldham, Paddock Wood, Penn (Buckinghamshire), Penryn, Princes Risborough, Ramsbottom, Redruth, Roath, Saddleworth, Southam, St. Agnes, Tonbridge, Tottington, Tunbridge Wells and Watford.

A reminder that even if an area is mentioned on these lists, not all postcodes in the exchange are likely to be able to order a service, since not all the street cabinets are enabled by default, each cabinet is assessed either as part of the commercial roll-out or via a local authorities BDUK project.

There are 453 exchanges mentioned in the coming soon list, with most of them being the remaining exchanges under the commercial roll-out, but as the BDUK projects are ramping up there will be some on the list. The dates are very much subject to change. Another 350 exchanges feature in the future exchange list, which is the ones that should get service, but the dates are only a vague 2014 or 2014.

The list that has grown in size massively is the list of exchanges under evaluation, which lists some 1003 exchanges and these are all exchanges which are being assessed for inclusion in the BDUK roll-out. This list is far from complete, appearing to represent at this time those exchanges where evaluation work is at an early stage and does not cover the whole country yet, since many projects are to start the serious evaluation stages.


Still no answer on what is happening with exchanges with no cabinets?

  • vicdupreez
  • over 7 years ago

If not in the commercial footprint, then will depend on the cost to solve issue and determination of local authority to hit its own coverage target.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

So BT Northern Ireland declared themselves all done apparently and apparently something stupid like 96% of people can get "superfast" broadband. I would like to see their math though. No way 96% can get it.

Anyway from what you are saying there is that they basically brushed it under the carpet saying let them fend for themselves.


  • vicdupreez
  • over 7 years ago

My exchange (EMROCKI) set for September - just hoping they enable my cabinet. The exchange covers an entirely rural area, so it will be interesting to see what gets enabled.

  • timandhaylea
  • over 7 years ago

Looks like "Connecting Cambridgeshire" exchanges are under evaluation but "Superfast Northamptonshire" which was signed up later is not yet on there.

  • herdwick
  • over 7 years ago

Staffordshire signed in May. Zilch under evaluation that I can see. I wonder of Ms Millers letter to those in receiot of BDUK funding will chivvy things up?

  • PhilCoates
  • over 7 years ago

@ timandhaylea if they haven't by not there;s a good chance they wont. They wont touch mine. BT are putting in the lsat 2 needed from 31st July till 6th of August and that's it until September for us too.

  • pcoventry76
  • over 7 years ago

The Guildford exchange has been FTTC enables for some time but my nearby cabinet is still to be connected while those in adjacent streets already have been. It's the cabinets that matter not just the exchange. I reckon that BT programme cabinets based on potential usage based on enquiries. Why not provide cabinet updates for each exchange? At the moment BT estimate my cabinet between Oct 2013 and March 2014!

  • RAConnell
  • over 7 years ago

Is this meant to include BDUK rollouts? According to SuperFast Surrey I'm due for fibre this year, but according to OpenReach my exchange (Clandon) shows as not currently in the rollout plans.

  • lonegroover
  • over 7 years ago

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