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.
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.