Next 81 areas to receive ultrafast G.fast broadband named by Openreach
Openreach is expanding its G.fast footprint by around another one million premises as part of its eventual aim to reach 5.7 million premises with the option of ultrafast broadband from street cabinet pods.
The 81 exchange areas that will see G.fast rolled to just over 1 million premises is as follows:
Acomb, Addiscombe, Aintree, Ascot, Bargoed (Cardiff), Barking, Barnsley, Beckenham, Beulah Hill (Croydon), Blackpool, Bootle, Bradford, Broadwell, Canonbury, Chingford, Colchester, Colindale, Dalton in Furness, Daubhill, Deal, Dover, Downloand (Croydon), Earley, Eastbourne, Eastleigh, Enfield, Faversham, Felixstowe, Feltham, Forest Hill, Godalming, Greenwich, Hamilton, Harlesden, Hatch End, Healing, Hendon, Hitchin, Hyde, Kemptown, Kentish Town, Kenton, Leicester Central, Leytonstone, Lincoln, Littlehampton, Llanrumney, Lords, Lower Holloway, Malden, Midland (Birmingham), Mill Hill, Moss Side, North Wembley, Northampton, Oldham, Pendleton, Plympton, Ponders End, Prescot, Primrose hill, Purfleet, Rainham, Rock Ferry, Rushey Green, Staylbridge, Stamford, Stoke City, Sydenham (Croydon), Teddington, Tewkesbury, Tranent (South East Scotland), Upper Holloway, Urmston (South Manchester), Wallington, Waterloo, Wembley, West Kensington, West Wickham, Willesden, Worthing Central.81 areas set to receive G.fast
The roll-out is set to last around nine months with the 81 areas joining some other 250 areas where Openreach says it has made G.fast available.
G.fast services are only sold to those within a short distance of the pod generally you need to be within 300m and the minimum speed they will sell is a connection speed of 100 Mbps, with two product speeds on sell a 160 Mbps tier and a 300 Mbps tier with fastest tier supporting upload speeds up to 50 Mbps.
The G.fast footprint when combined with the Openreach FTTP footprint is officially over 1.9 million premises, our coverage tracking knows of a total of 1,769,106 ultrafast premises with G.fast accounting for 1,139,476 of these and the G.fast pods spread across some 209 exchange areas. Some of the difference versus the Openreach figures is that it takes time to spot all the changes and in some areas Openreach has cabinets marked as live but none of the wholesalers are selling the service yet, the most likely reason for this is the need to get the backhaul arrangements in place.
For those living in the new 81 areas mentioned we should point out that the G.fast roll-out is not to every green cabinet that has a VDSL2 twin but generally to selected areas, additionally it can be a number of months before the pods go live once added to the street cabinet.
For those who were hoping for Openreach FTTP to their address, having G.fast on an exchange does not preclude some areas on an exchange getting FTTP, but what we can say is that if you end up within range of a live G.fast pod that Openreach FTTP will not be appearing for you.
Update 12:10pm The number of G.fast premises we are tracking has increased to 1,145,480 since publishing the original item early on Monday morning. The two latest areas added are Byfleet and Hampton. So Openreach ultrafast footprint has now increased to 1,775,110 premises.