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.