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Growing evidence of Fibre First roll-out from Openreach in Central London

The full fibre picture in the United Kingdom is changing but across all the FTTP operators we are still at a point where the amount of PR material seems to outweigh the volume of premises delivered, hence why after spotting some more Fibre First roll-out in Central London we are doing this quick update.

Openreach native GEA-FTTP postcodes in Central London
Postcodes with Openreach FTTP services available
Map is still rendering so if you zoom in beyond this level the new postcodes will vanish until later on 6th November.

The newest postcodes are those around the St Giles area and there are more to add to the map in the Chancery Lane area. The coverage around Embankment and Westminster has been there for a while but with the latest updates on the Holborn exchange area we are getting closer to areas such as Bishopsgate, Temple and Monument i.e. the historic City of London area. A pattern that is repeating all too often is that flats are being bypassed, it may just be that in some cases once wayleaves are granted that they will be re-visited or worse building owners are showing no interest in retro-fitting FTTP. One interesting observation is that some premises seem to have no ADSL/ADSL2+ availability and it is fibre only, we don't think this is evidence of a systematic removal of the metallic local loop but something else such as building never had a metallic phone line via Openreach.

Alas for those in the area we cannot predict when FTTP will arrive and as with all the operators it is possible you will see all the work done in your road and be expecting it to go live but due to delays in getting access to one pavement chamber (e.g. in a busy road) the final piece of the puzzle cannot be put into place.

One option for areas such as Central London where superfast availability is still low and permission to add FTTP to buildings is impossible is that VDSL2 cabinets may be rolled out to some areas, resulting in both VDSL2 and FTTP available for some and for problematic flats VDSL2 which is at least a good jump up from ADSL2+ usually.


@thinkbroadband Ah so those that already have broadband are given even more broadband whilst rural broadband is still shockingly shit!

  • @flatironcopse
  • comment via twitter
  • about 1 year ago

To be fair a lot of inner city broadband is bad too - it tends to be a EO/ADSL problem not a urban/rural one. However, I don't see much (any?) news about rural FTTP rollout by BT, let alone any actual rollout.
And if BT are reading this- there wou,ldn't be any wayleave/permissions problems with FTTP near me!

  • sheephouse
  • about 1 year ago

@flatironcopse Many of the lines in central London are Exchange Only and have poor ADSL at best.

Perhaps you should pressurise your MP and or local council and get them to find the funds to enable your broadband to be improved. Economics rule and without aid Gigaclear, BT and others are unlikely to carry out unprofitable work. In my case I live in Central London just south of the river and due our development having long EO lines all of us had very slow ADSL (no VM available). We solved the problem by gap funding an upgrade (an FTTC AIO cab)which collectively cost us approaching £19k.

  • MCM999
  • about 1 year ago

Is this actually the first evidence of OR digging up a street and having inter-building FTTP, ie like a row of terraced houses?

As for this:

...we don't think this is evidence of a systematic removal of the metallic local loop...

Why not? Seems like a sensible idea.

  • zzing123
  • about 1 year ago

Is this actually the first evidence of OR digging up a street and having inter-building FTTP, ie like a row of terraced houses?

No, plenty of other areas have had adjoining properties served by either overhead or underground.

Why? On metal retirement - because its only a small number, would expect a whole street if removing copper, and that will need years of notification since EOI means Copper loop where present is meant to be retained for now.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago


If you actually look at the map, setting to look at FTTP/FTTH operators only, you should be surprised at the amount of Rural FTTP. There appears to be actually more rural than Urban!
Quite dense in Cornwall, Wales, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire parts of Exxex and North Lancashire. Nee to include all the FTTP, FTTH tabs to see the full picture but OR and Gigaclear give a broad picture.

  • jumpmum
  • about 1 year ago


  • jumpmum
  • about 1 year ago

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