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Psst, don't tell anyone Openreach has rolled out some more FTTP

The Custard Factory in Birmingham features in an Openreach case study on its GEA-FTTP microsite.

It seems that Openreach has deployed native FTTP as an option to some 500 businesses that occupy the Custard Factory, which is of course an old custard factory converted into start-up heaven in the heart of the creative quarter of Birmingham. The Big Peg building in the Jewellery Quarter has also benefited adding another 300 premises.

The GEA-FTTP product is available at a number of speed and price points starting with the same speeds and prices as FTTC services elsewhere, rising to the 330 Mbps download, 30 Mbps upload service. An important point to make is that this is not fibre on demand with its high install costs but native FTTP where installation costs a £92+VAT at the wholesale level.

Some may recall the Jewellery Quarter and both BT and Virgin Media objecting to City plans to overbuild in the area. So whether this delivery of FTTP is a sign of competition working well and a perfect example of public spending stimulating further commercial roll-outs, or predatory behaviour to scare off public projects will be the stuff of boring dinner party conversations.


This is a huge achievement, have you ever tried running fibre through congealed custard?

  • Spud2003
  • over 6 years ago

I'm assuming the the 10:1 down/up ratio that BT have adopted for their 300/30 fttp service is not set in stone as the upload bandwidth is scheduled by configuration (using a time scheduling system). As such, it's conceivable that the product could be upgraded (assuming BT have not adopted very high fan-out configs).

  • TheEulerID
  • over 6 years ago

The ratio can be whatever BT feel like, within the overriding limits of the technology.

Native FTTP is currently based on a shared GPON architecture, with 2.4G downstream and 1.2G upstream, shared amongst all users.

The GPON can be nominally split amongst 32 users, so it would keep the "up to" label. Of course, BT could choose to share at a lower factor if they wished.

  • WWWombat
  • over 6 years ago

Not to mention the fire risk with all that fine powder blowing about.

  • fibredale
  • over 6 years ago

10:1 will be standards for retail products.

Business products can be adapted to the customers requirements and fatness of their wallet!

  • themanstan
  • over 6 years ago

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