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Next batch of fibre on demand exchanges published

Openreach has now supplied the next list of exchanges where the Fibre on Demand FTTP product will be available. Many may remember that a price increase for Fibre on Demand (FoD) price was announced four months ago and comes into effect on the 1st May 2014.

It needs to be emphasised that Fibre on Demand is different to those parts of the UK where Openreach has rolled out native FTTP either via its commercial programme or part of a local authority project. The native FTTP is available on exactly the same pricing and terms as the FTTC product, only if you order a service faster than 80 Mbps will the monthly fee be higher.

We are not publishing a premises passed figure for the FoD footprint, since properties do not count as passed by FTTP/FTTH until the fibre reaches the final drop point before entering a property, in the case of what Openreach deploy, this means a fibre manifold in a pavement chamber or on the pole outside a property.

Belfast: Bally- Sillan; Belfast, Balmoral, Belfast City, Belfast East, Belfast North, Fort- William; Belfast, Knock; Northern Ireland, Ormeau; Belfast
Birmingham Acocks Green, Bearwood, Birmingham Central, Birmingham South, Calthorpe, Edgbaston, Erdington, Four Oaks, Harborne, Highbury, Northern, Priory, Rectory, Selly Oak, Smallbrook, Springfield; West Midlands, Stechford, Sutton Coldfield, Woodgate
Bradford and Leeds Adel, Armley, Bingley, Burley-In-Wharfedale, Chapeltown, Crossgates, Cullingworth, Dudley Hill, Garforth, Guiseley, Harehills, Haworth, Headingley, Horsforth, Hunslet, Ilkley, Keighley, Laisterdyke, Low Moor, Manningham, Moortown, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, Queensbury, Rawdon, Rothwell; West Yorkshire, Seacroft, Shipley, Undercliffe
Brighton and HoveBrighton Kemptown, Brighton Rottingdean
Bristol Avonmouth, Bedminster, Bishopsworth, Bristol North, Bristol Redcliffe, Bristol West, Easton, Eastville, Fishponds, Henbury, Stoke Bishop, Westbury -On- Trym>br> Cambridge Cambridge Central, Cherry Hinton
Cardiff Llandaff, Llanedeyrn, Llanishen, Llanrumney
Coventry Allesley, Binley, Cheylesmore, Coventry Greyfriars, Earlsdon, Foleshill, Highway, Radford, Tile Hill, Toll Bar, Walsgrave- On-Sowe
Derby Allestree Park, Alvaston, Chellaston, Derby, Mickleover, Peartree, Willowcroft
Derry/Londonderry Londonderry, Londonderry/Brookhall, Waterside
Edinburgh Davidsons Mains, Dean, Donaldson, Edinburgh Abbeyhill, Edinburgh Corstorphine, Edinburgh Craiglockhart, Edinburgh Fountainbridge, Edinburgh Leith, Edinburgh Liberton, Edinburgh Maybury, Edinburgh Morningside, Edinburgh Newington, Edinburgh Portobello, Edinburgh Wester Hailes
London (City of Westminster) Bayswater, Covent Garden, Kensal Green, Lords, Marylebone, North Paddington, Paddington, Pimlico, Primrose Hill
Manchester Ardwick, Collyhurst, Mercury, Wythenshawe
Newcastle Gosforth; Tyne & Wear, Jesmond, Lemington, Newcastle Central, Newcastle West, Wide Open
Newport Caerleon, Castleton; Gwent, Maesglas, Maindee, Newport Chartist, Newport; Gwent, Rhiwderin
Oxford Cowley
Perth Blairgowrie, Perth, Cosham
Portsmouth Portsmouth Central, Portsmouth North End
Salford Broughton; Greater Manchester, Cheetham, Eccles, Pendleton, Swinton; Greater Manchester, Walkden
York Acomb, Clifton, Dringhouses, Dunnington, Elvington, Haxby, Melrosegate, Rufforth, Stockton On-Forest, Strensall, York

Next batch of fibre on demand as part of connected city scheme

Three Waters and Veryan in Cornwall

Two other fibre on demand exchanges

It should not have escaped peoples notice that the cities mentioned in the larger list are all part of the Connected Cities voucher scheme. The voucher scheme is the ideal opportunity for fibre on demand, but there is strong competition both at the retail and wholesale level with alternate delivery systems for the vouchers.

The two exchanges in Cornwall follow on from other exchanges where fibre on demand is available in the County and reflect the desire of the Superfast Cornwall project to give firms options for better broadband even beyond the FTTC that is available in many parts of the county. Cornwall as a county also probably has the highest proportion of native FTTP compared to any other part of the country, and while Openreach does not release coverage figures we are planning to try and find out.

The phased roll-out of Fibre on Demand is not down to any technological reason, but reflects the availability of planning and actual fibre install teams to handle orders and do the work of getting the actual glass fibre from the aggregation node to the premises.


Will BDUK areas already enabled for FTTC also get fibre on demand eventually or is this strictly limited to Openreach commercial FTTC areas only?

  • baby_frogmella
  • over 6 years ago

Nothing stopping BDUK areas from having fibre on demand as an option in FTTC areas, exactly the same physical network deployed.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

Where is 'Mercury' in Manchester?. Having lived in Mcr all my life I've never heard of it.

  • audioslim
  • over 6 years ago


Still with the massive price rise and now this list using specifically the SuperConnected Cities rather than their own BT regions at least BT have abandoned any pretence of FTTPoD being anything other than a scheme to hoover up the vouchers now :)

  • Dixinormous
  • over 6 years ago

Manchester mercury =

  • themanstan
  • over 6 years ago

@dixinormous or to meet the state aid guidelines for BDUK - but at a price they know virtually no one will ever require them to deliver.

  • gerarda
  • over 6 years ago

FoD has always been too expensive to meet the BDUK cost thresholds, even before the rise. It can't ever have been part of the plans to meet the 90% coverage targets.

It might be part of county plans for other reasons, but not those ones.

  • WWWombat
  • over 6 years ago

Once you get past the screaming and shouting the reality is that the projects that talked about some FTTP in the roll-out are actually doing/planning native FTTP to some areas, i.e. available at GEA-FTTC pricing.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

Unsurprisingly, MRMER is not very far from what is now the Virgin Media Call Centre in Wythenshawe. This used to be the Cable & Wireless Mercury call centre back in the distant past.

  • wellhiddenmark
  • over 6 years ago

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