First clear area with overlap between FTTP and Gfast spotted
The Openreach ultrafast broadband roll-out continues and a key point in the Fibre First roll-out is now visible. The Whitchurch exchange in Cardiff has been known to have G.fast pods at a number of cabinets for some time, but the FTTP roll-out in fast VDSL2 areas has now been spotted and while the original explanation was that areas that got G.fast would not see FTTP this exchange is showing that this is not always the case.
The roll-out and spotting all the Fibre First activity is an ongoing job but if you alternate the G.fast and FTTP layers on our broadband map you see that some postcodes have the full range of choice from Openreach of VDSL2, G.fast and FTTP. The interesting part is that while we expected some overlap at the fringes of the G.fast range in some cases premises almost on top of the pod now have a FTTP option of 330 Mbps (and in theory 1000 Mbps if someone will sell it to you).
The areas where we have spotted G.fast pods for the first time are:
- Cheetham Hill
- Mid Calder
There are also some areas with addition pods including Cardiff, Livingstone Bridge, Livingstone Station and Westwood.
This takes the G.fast footprint that we have in our checkers to 4,935 pods covering some 1,398,448 premises within range of 100 Mbps or faster download speeds.
The spotting of more of the Fibre First roll-out in several areas (i.e. Northern Ireland, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham) is also boosting the FTTP coverage figure which as of this morning was at 708,365 premises.
Thank you to all those readers pointing out the various interesting changes they've spotted locally and those taking their new ultrafast connections for a test drive with our speed test which helps us to keep track of what is changing across the UK.