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1 million full fibre premises milestone reached in UK

Slipping past the 1 million premises passed by full fibre milestone deserves a mini fanfare and hopefully the old adage from millionaires that the first million is the hardest will apply and many more millions will now quickly follow.

Our tracking of the UK broadband coverage last night saw our count of full fibre premises jump from 997,861 to 1,000,648 premises, thus breaking the psychological first million barrier.

We don't know which provider broke the barrier but we had added Openreach GEA-FTTP, Hyperoptic and SeeTheLight (IFNL) premises to our analysis on Thursday, so they can fight for the crown if they want. We are tracking Openreach GEA-FTTP coverage at 467,961 premises currently.

The coverage percentage for full fibre across the UK is now at 3.45% and continues to increase, particularly as we are in the midst of processing the latest new build premises, triggered by the recent release of the latest ONS dataset. The merging of the new postcodes and premises into the existing dataset always produces some blips both down and up, so for anyone using https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local do not be suprised if a percentage for an area decreases slightly, the most common reason being we've just spotted a new estate of a few hundred homes where superfast services are not yet available.

NOTE: If you add the individual full fibre figures up from operators you get more than the 1 million figure, but there are a number of areas where two full fibre providers overlap.

Comments

The official Openreach figures put GEA-FTTP coverage at over 500,000

  • ajays
  • 7 months ago

That is what they say, and likely that once the integration of the latest postcodes has finished we will say a very similar figure and by then there will be more new postcodes and new build.

We also know of areas where in the Ofcom submissions providers have said FTTP is available, but 10 months after that submission systems are still saying no FTTP available.

Another variable, we found some IFNL coverage yesterday, but nothing indicating the number of premises, hence why periodically we have to trawl planning records to resolve those anomalies.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 7 months ago

What is the point of BT/OPENREACH saying fibre to cabinet is available when it is not.What they do is provide a small number of connections in a particular street.Then the cabinet is full so everyone else has to go without.THEY LIE!

  • jec1
  • 7 months ago

What is the point of BT/OPENREACH saying fibre to cabinet is available when it is not.What they do is provide a small number of connections in a particular street.Then the cabinet is full so everyone else has to go without.THEY LIE!

  • jec1
  • 7 months ago

@ject. FTTP doesn't use cabinets and as for lying, may I suggest you provide some examples of where BT has failed to add cards to an FTTC cabinet until the cabinet is full. What can and does happen is that it can take time for BT to add an additional FTTC cabinet once a cabinet is full however with the smallest FTTC cabinet supporting over 90 users I hardly feel that warrants being considered as a small number of connections.

  • MCM999
  • 7 months ago

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