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Further four exchanges with Gfast spotted

Another four exchange areas have a number of live G.fast pods and have been added to statistics and package search

The four new areas are Allestree Park (13 pods), Breadsall (4 pods), Burnham on Sea (10 pods) and Hoddesdon (12) pods.

The 2,017,683 ultrafast (over 100 Mbps) broadband footprint from Openreach comprises 1,354,519 premises within range of a pod with expected speeds of over 100 Mbps and another 663,164 premises of full fibre. Our broadband map has had its G.fast layer updated to reflect these new pods and the Openreach FTTP layer will update in the next day or so.

Comments

Sadly Plusnet, which is our current provider in Burnham-on-Sea, has no plans to provide a G.fast service in the near future. This does seem slightly bonkers bearing in mind they are a subsidiary of BT, which does offer the service. I did point this out to them, when I called today to ask whether they had any plans to provide the option in the near future. Perhaps somebody within Plusnet management knows of plans to provide G.fast, but at present it is not offered on their website nor do their technical or commercial support staff seem to be aware of the possibility of offering it.

  • pj66300
  • 3 months ago

Given that there is a range limit of G.Fast, what happens for those too far away from the enabled cab?

  • FlappySocks
  • 3 months ago

@FlappySocks
Those too far away to benefit from G.Fast (about 500m I think) have to stick with FTTC for now, unless FoD is available.

  • New_Londoner
  • 3 months ago

while technically it could extend out to 500 (with no speed gain) OR effectively deploys it to <350m only.

  • Croft12
  • 3 months ago

It's wonderful to see all of these places getting upgraded to faster speeds, and yet they cannot even be bothered to upgrade our exchange to Fibre. It makes my blood boil!

  • Mapantz
  • 3 months ago

@Mapantz Remember most of this expansion is commercially funded. That is Virgin, Openreach, Vodeaphone, etc, are commecial companies with shareholders expecting to see a return on their investment. Have you contacted your local authority to see if there are any government funded BDUK plans for your exchange?

  • MCM999
  • 3 months ago

@pj66300 You'd have better luck changing ISP, plusnet have just ended a multiyear trial they've had running for FTTP and they aren't capable of releasing a product for that, let alone G.Fast

  • R0NSKI
  • 3 months ago

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