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Five more exchanges with Gfast on our checker

The latest exchange areas with are Ipswich (21 - number of live pods), Knutsford (11), Shepshed (6), Stoke Golding (1) and Walthamstow (25).

These five additions take the footprint to 1,344,149 premises across the UK via some 4,725 pods.

To find out if you have access simply use our package search which will show the ultrafast products based on the Openreach service if your postcode is within range and connected to a live pod that we know about.

The full numbers are still being processed as we have added more Openreach FTTP in the last day or so but believe once all the processing is over we will have crossed over the 2 million Openreach Ultrafast broadband footprint once you combine and native FTTP.

Update 10th January 2018: The processing has completed and the Openreach ultrafast footprint has broken the two million premises barrier at 2,000,283, made up of 655,795 premises of FTTP and 1,344,488 premises with at 100 Mbps and faster speeds. The latest official Openreach figure for FTTP is 682,000 premises so clearly still some catching up to be done. The change in the last year has been the rolling out of both Fibre First and FTTP infill for those without superfast speeds from a VDSL2 cabinet. The FTTP infill is the one people tend to be most interested in as this will be people going from slow ASDL/ADSL2+ type speeds to future proof and our records have some 476 cabinets where there is a combination of FTTP and VDSL2 for some premises, 


I have discovered at least one of the pods in Burnham-on-Sea has now been activated. Most of the cabinets in B-o-S have now been podded (except for ours - Cab. No. 2 -owing to a tree and pole preventing attachment of a pod). I note that cabinet 25 in Berrow Road, opposite the Swim Academy, has been activated and now offers service. I assume the rest will be following over the next few weeks.

  • pj66300
  • about 1 year ago

Thanks we will take a look later today

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Not sure if you have reported this on a previous post but cabinet 121 served by Chester Central exchange is now live with Gfast. Just can't swallow the bitter pill of the price BT want to charge us to upgrade!

  • Jimneybob
  • about 1 year ago

There are a number of G Fast cabinets that have gone Live in Market Harborough too and they seem to provide good speed just need more ISP to offer a service.

  • Flagrag28
  • about 1 year ago

Found another G.Fast Exchange for you - Breadsall in Derby. Cab 1 in Little Eaton is live on BTW checker at DE21 5DD. They’re smashing out the pods in Derby.

  • germanbear
  • about 1 year ago

The impressive rate that G.Fast coverage is increasing demonstrates its major advantage over FTTP. It’s good to see how quickly access to Ultrafast is growing for those that have a need for it and are willing to pay.

A side benefit appears to be that it has spurred Virgin into action, with the potential launch of a 500Mbps cable product (although the upload speeds on cable could still do with improvement).

  • New_Londoner
  • about 1 year ago

I have noticed the postcode area around my cab has G.Fast. But not as far out as me, which is 900m away.

What will I get, if anything?

  • FlappySocks
  • about 1 year ago

@FlappySocks you’re too far away to get any benefit from G.Fast.

  • Kr1s69
  • about 1 year ago

@Kr1s69 At least half the houses on that cab will be out of range then. Seems odd that they would go to that effort for partial coverage.

I noticed the other day, there are recent chalk marks on the pavement that lead from the FTTC cab to the road. Looks like they are going to dig it up for something.

  • FlappySocks
  • about 1 year ago

@FlappySocks. The limitations of are well known inaide and outside of BT.
With regards to the markings , possible new duct work for increasing capacity

  • ribble
  • about 1 year ago

@New_Londoner - hasn't spurred VM into doing anything. They were expecting to have had to be at 500Mb down, 50Mb up by financial year 2017/18. It being deployed from PCPs ensured VM had no urgency about their capacity upgrades and a relatively modest increment to 350 was adequate.

  • CarlThomas
  • about 1 year ago

When I enter my details on the broadband package search it shows me I can get gfast, when I go the actual suppliers website it tells me I cant I can only get FTTC

  • DBolding
  • about 1 year ago

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