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Coventry added to growing fibre first list by Openreach

Coventry is now on the list of areas that are part of the Openreach Fibre First strategy and those in the Radford area are likely to be some of the first to benefit. We have attempted to hazard a guess at which actual streets but the roadworks notifications for the next three months currently give no big clues, there is what seems to be the usual pole replacement going on in other parts of Coventry but nothing obvious like there was for Wallasey in the Wirral recently.

Making sure that people have access to full fibre broadband, as quickly as is realistically possible, is of huge importance. It’s great to see Openreach making significant progress in the West Midlands, adding Coventry to the list of areas to benefit from the early stages of the programme. And it was really interesting to get a behind the scenes look at the civil engineering work that’s at the forefront of introducing this new technology.

Margot James, Digital Minister
Digital Minister Margot James with Openreach in Birmingham
Margot James taking part in the roll-out of FTTP via Openreach in Birmingham
The cup is a cup, not a sharps container as we had presumed earlier.

The induction of Digital Minister continued in Birmingham with some fibre splicing in a real street, though which street and when the fibre splitter will have live fibre manifolds with services ready to order is an unknown. Generally there is a gap of a few weeks from the PR to the infrastructure appearing live and with so many areas in a similar holding pattern across the UK this is where we need your help i.e. to shout at us when areas go live for Fibre to the Premises orders.

Fibre First is rolling to some ten areas of the UK, comprising some 40 towns, cities and boroughs and to manage expectations for those reading this we would like to point out that it is not likely to be uniform coverage, the pattern so far is that some exchange only (EO) lines particularly in city centres are given the full fibre option and some cabinet areas that already have FTTC and the occasional cabinet that never met the VDSL2 criteria but the roll-outs are not a steam roller across an area. The exact same comments apply to Virgin Media, Vodafone and other full fibre operators i.e. some premises miss out. What we can say for the Openreach FTTP footprint is that if you have a live pod and are in range of it then full fibre will not becoming to your address for at least a good few years.

We are making significant progress in the West Midlands as we get on with building the infrastructure Britain needs to stay ahead in the global digital economy. I’m delighted to announce that families and businesses in Coventry will soon be among the first in the UK to benefit from this commitment.

Our engineers have so far built full fibre broadband technology to more than 600,000 premises and are already working in nearby Birmingham, which was one of the first ‘fibre cities’ announced earlier this year. Despite the challenges of planning, street works and permissions, we’re reaching thousands of homes each week and we’re on track for our ambition of reaching 10 million premises by the mid-2020s.

Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach

We can confirm the 600,000 figure as our premises count is sat at 601,101 for Openreach native FTTP which has a range of speeds from 40 Mbps to 1000 Mbps (though for normal consumers the 330 Mbps service is the top speed due to install costs). The figure is climbing daily but no where near as fast as the footprint which is this morning at 830,022 premises.


it would be nice if OR concentrated on activating the fibre hardware that has been sitting on a pole in my garden since February! rather than going for nice photo shoots.
Bitter me . never...

  • threelegs
  • 13 days ago

Andrew: Wallasey isn’t in Liverpool.

Basic stuff, easy to check.

  • _Mike_B_
  • 13 days ago

The "cup like object" is a cup.

  • RandomJointer
  • 13 days ago

Yep, the cup like object is a coffee cup. All Openreach employees were issued with them recently. It's meant to be a reminder that they work for Openreach Ltd now and not BT Openreach.

The sharps bin is yellow.

  • troublegum
  • 13 days ago

Apologies on the getting the area wrong, it is of course the Wirral.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 13 days ago

I thought the sharps bin may have been yellow, old ones I saw were, but got that one wrong on thinking they'd changed design and markings etc were just out of shot and not expecting a coffee cup on bench with cleaver and fusion splicer.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 13 days ago

They are very proud of them cups. The creation of Openreach Limited has been celebrated by the creation thousands of items of plastic landfill.

  • RandomJointer
  • 13 days ago

This is in top of the news that by the end of the year 10,000 premises will have FTTP in Coventry, care of Vodaphone and that by the end of 2020, most of the city will be done. I guess that BT is doing this in direct competition and that Virgin Media's recent FTTP installation will add to further duplication of FTTP. Lucky Coventry!

  • Windblown
  • 8 days ago

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