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Gigabit broadband for Cardiff well underway says Openreach

In a press release from Openreach an idea of the scale of the Fibre First roll-out has been revealed with thousands of premises set to benefit in Cardiff.

Kim Mears visited Cardiff on Wednesday 18th July and we would have written this up on Wednesday but we wanted to do some searching for FTTP and G.fast in Cardiff.

Cardiff already has a thriving digital economy with widespread access to high-speed broadband – with more than 98 per cent of premises already able to access superfast speeds.

We’re taking this to the next level by working closely with key partners across the city to build a Fibre to the Premises network capable of 1Gbps speeds – that’s about 24 times faster than the current UK average. This has the potential to completely transform the way people go online, and opens up a world of opportunity. It’s also an important step in future-proofing Britain’s broadband network and supporting emerging mobile technologies like 5G.

Kim Mears talking at breakfast briefing with CBI Wales

We did stumble across a couple of new FTTP areas in Cardiff today, plus have also found a number of G.fast pods (and likely to be more to be found) and presence of G.fast to a premises means they will not be getting FTTP. The coverage statistics based on these new G.fast pods and existing FTTP in Cardiff shows G.fast covering 7.65% of premises and FTTP down at 0.25% (FTTP from all providers is higher at 2.81% mainly due to the presence of Gigabit broadband from Hyperoptic) and in terms of ultrafast the Virgin Media cable services tick that box too at 79% coverage lots already have an option of 100, 200 and 350 Mbps speed services.

To give people an idea of what effect rolling out Openreach FTTP to thousands of premises will mean to the statistics, every 5,000 premises of FTTP adds around 3% to the coverage level and there are just 2,500 more premises needed to push Cardiff to 100% superfast coverage. Based on where we are seeing the First First roll-out in places like Bristol and London we suspect a lot of the Cardiff roll-out will be to cabinets without VDSL2 and exchange only lines.

The press release also indicates that Openreach has past the 600,000 premises mark with its FTTP roll-out, and our counting as of 18th July is just 13 premises shy of 521,000, so clearly there is more to be found, but we have also seen in the past the premises figures from not just Openreach but other providers too, tend to include areas they are about to deliver too.

Update 6:30pm Some further searching did reveal some FTTP today on Whitchurch exchange and rarely it is overlaying FTTC at superfast speeds. Additional G.fast pods were also found in Cardiff so the we will update the coverage figures over night.

Update 10:30pm The coverage from G.fast has increased from the original 3.06% to 7.65% of premises and FTTP coverage has increased slightly from 0.24% to 0.25% in Cardiff as the result of the updates of the last couple of days.

Comments

Andrew
"We did stumble across any new FTTP areas in Cardiff" this doesn't align with the rest of the article should it have been didn't?

There are lots of G-Fast pods around but most still don't appear to be live.

  • jumpmum
  • about 1 year ago

When the article was written it was a didn't i.e. missed out the not, but now the day has progressed we have seem a small amount of new FTTP on one exchange, but have also found more G.fast.

Also people are reporting seeing lots more FTTP kit in the area, so it will be interesting to see what the effect on speeds over time is, i.e. will people upgrade to FTTP in numbers if they can already get 30 to 40 Mbps from FTTC or faster from Virgin Media.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

If they'd be good enough to stop treating the higher end FTTP products like leased lines and sell a reasonably competitively priced 1Gb that would help.

VM are delivering 1.6Gb to my home right now, however no good selling a gig if the pricing is excessive.

Given the pricing of Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, et al for symmetrical 1Gb at retail Openreach charging £96 a month to get from the ONT in the home to the OLT in the exchange is pretty hefty, and their dimensioning ridiculously overprovisioned. Everything over 330 on XGPON allocates 312Mb to each 500/1000 customer. Hugely excessive.

  • CarlThomas
  • about 1 year ago

Given I am expecting the Vodafone Gigabit service to retail at around £22 to £25 (if over £30 a month I will be shocked) you would expect this would inspire price changes at Openreach, but if they start to lower wholesale to compete no doubt there will be actions taken to block the change in the name of competition.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

It never makes sense to me to improve areas that already have fast fibre when other areas have no fibre at all.

  • GeorgeLloyd
  • about 1 year ago

It makes perfect sense. Private companies spending their own money will do so where they think they can make a profit. They aren't non-profit organisations there to provide public services and to get them to behave like that requires governmental subsidies.

  • CarlThomas
  • about 1 year ago

I saw one the other day on Sloper road - it looked fairly new.

  • ZenUser27
  • about 1 year ago

I don't know what areas of Cardiff we are talking, but in fairwater area, there is no sign of 1gb at all.
It would be nice to cover this, so everyone can have superfast not just business's

  • Mikefiera
  • about 1 year ago

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