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First native Openreach FTTP in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has joined the growing number of areas of the UK where Fibre to the Premises (FTTH/FTTP) is available. The Superfast Northern Ireland team has announced the first availability of native FTTP in the province near the Belfast Royal Academy Playing Fields in Mallusk.

The first customer is connected with them seeing their speeds jump from 0.5 Mbps to whatever FTTP speed they ordered which is a choice of speeds from 40 Mbps down (2 Mbps up) all the way up to 330 Mbps down (30 Mbps up). The official announcement does not pin point the area but after some detective work based on their old speed and the name of the area it appears to be parts of cabinet 39 on the Glengormley exchange (including the postcodes BT36 4RE, BT36 4RA and BT36 4RQ) where the native GEA-FTTP service is available to order.

Comments

Excellent, I wonder will they announce any other areas?

  • flipdee
  • over 2 years ago

Andrew, Nice speed on the map. 211 down, 29.3 up. I haven't seen many as clearly identifiable as FTTP.

  • jumpmum
  • over 2 years ago

A lot of people opt for the slower 40 and 80 Meg options, so harder to spot based on just speed test results.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 2 years ago

Any chance of using post codes to work out what are FTTP rather than FTTC results? Quite whether there's a definitive list of FTTP enabled postcodes is maybe a different thing (not to mention the work involved).
I would have thought substantial postcode FTTP/FTTC overlap is fairly minimal.

  • TheEulerID
  • over 2 years ago

Plan is to try and do some analysis of packages people are buying, but ideally need several tests per postcode to rule out congestion/wireless issues etc

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 2 years ago

This is good, given the excess modelled costs of 38% then hopefully FTTP can lead to some extra ambition and cost tasparency for FTTP.

  • ValueforMoney
  • over 2 years ago

@valueformoney FTTP has always been on the cards for a number of the BDUK and other projects.

The extra work to install means it has been left to the later parts of projects such as Surrey.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 2 years ago

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