Who says you cannot have FTTP, DOCSIS, G.fast and VDSL2 all in one property?
We found our first cabinet area that had a mixture of G.fast and FTTP last week and this week things have got very odd as in Bath there is a one building that has a choice of three ultrafast broadband options in addition to your usual VDSL2 and ADSL2+ services i.e. it has full fibre, g.fast and Virgin Media cable.
Victoria Buildings BA2 3EH looks like it had FTTP added at probably around the same time as other premises around Midland Road, Percy Terrace and Longmead Terrace, but unlike most of the other buildings which are fibre only Victoria Buildings also had a traditional copper network installed and was served VDSL2 via cabinet 17.
The theory behind the G.fast roll-outs is that premises which get G.fast will not see Fibre to the Premises also from Openreach (of course their competitors may deliver FTTP) so this single postcode may prove to be the exception who could reflect the future in a few years where as the Openreach FTTP roll-out increases into the millions of premises that there will be more edge cases.
In other G.fast news we have seen a number of G.fast pods appear live on the Bath Kingsmead exchange and three other areas across the UK were added to our checker on Wednesday. The new areas being Tottington near Bury, Locks Heath near Portsmouth and St Marychurch in Torquay and this takes the G.fast footprint present in our checker to 1,171,919 premises and a combined Openreach ultrafast footprint of 1,802,916 premises. The G.fast footprint is made up of 4,059 pods across 216 exchanges.
The map of G.fast coverage is in the process of being updated, all the layers apart from the highest zoom level have the latest G.fast coverage postcodes on them.
The situation of G.fast and Openreach FTTP in the same location is currently not handled by our package search, this postcode which is currently unique as far as we are aware will only show FTTP, cable, VDSL2 and ADSL2+ service availability but given that now this scenario has happened once and may therefore repeat will be teaching the system to flag G.fast service availability too.