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
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 G.fast 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 G.fast footprint which is this morning at 830,022 premises.