Openreach G.fast footprint passes the 1 million premises mark
The total premises passed as of 11:45pm on 24th October for the Openreach G.fast network was recorded as 1,008,548 and as the map shows they are spread around the United Kingdom and the footprint is largely in urban areas.
At an average of 290 premises within reach of the G.fast pod for 100 Mbps and faster from the population of 3,477 pods the property density of the urban areas and planners picking cabinets that fit a high density profile is obvious.
One of the latest areas added to our coverage has been Portsmouth North where have 28 live pods on the exchange. For those using our map the G.fast layer at the highest zoom level is still rendering so if a dot vanishes as you zoom this means the process is still updating that image tile.
There are lots more pods out there in the wild attached to their copper partner that are not live for various reasons and this is to be expected given that the existing plan is to extend the footprint to some 5.7 million premises in total. Confusingly for there are also some pods that Openreach say are live, but providers say are not since the wholesale links are not in place to handle moving the traffic from the Openreach fibre handover point to the providers own networks.
The footprint often overlaps the Virgin Media cable network and importantly those premises that can order a G.fast service will not be seeing FTTP delivered via the Openreach Fibre First roll-out that is working towards delivering 3 million premises of FTTP at some date in 2021 (a milestone of 2 million in 2020 exists).
The combined Openreach ultrafast broadband footprint is now at 1,624,491 premises and the FTTP footprint has not grown massively since we last reported, though with the Fibre First roll-out spotting the FTTP overlay of VDSL2 areas is something of an evolving art form. The ultrafast footprint has grown by 116,000 premises since 9th October.
As ever if you have FTTP or G.fast available to you and it is missing from our maps we welcome you pointing us in the right direction. Even better is when you have upgraded your broadband to one of these services and run a speed test.