More FTTP in Newtownabbey and Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Newtownabbey and Craigavon residents are have the Openreach Fibre First roll-out arrive and a number of areas now have VDSL2 with FTTP as well.
The vast majority were already able to get well past a 30 Mbps VDSL2 connection but in some areas there were some with predictions in the 25 to 28 Mbps region who may be rushing to upgrade to one of the ultrafast packages so they do more things at once at home with their broadband.
Northern Ireland currently has some 40,575 premises of FTTP via the Openreach network, and brings the total Openreach Ultrafast footprint (G.fast + FTTP) across the UK to 1,850,752. There is likely to be more FTTP to be found in these two towns and others in Northern Ireland and there is a continued roll-out of FTTP in the rural areas.
Hunting down all the other FTTP may take a bit longer as we now have the latest postcode dataset for where postcodes are located from the ONS and which have been retired and which are new. The integration of this and initial checking of postcodes where the centre point has moved along with identifying what broadband options are available is set to start today. The easy postcodes are done first, ie. those where have seen a speed test since that is a good indicator that there may be premises already lived in but by mid January 2019 we should have a good idea whether the trend for more full fibre in new builds is accelerating.