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11 more exchanges found with Gfast pods

G.fast is continuing to roll-out and reaches some 1,466,738 premises across the United Kingdom. The eleven new exchange areas added since our last update are:

  • Bracknell
  • Gravesend
  • Histon
  • Ipswich Whitton
  • Minster Shepey
  • Penn
  • Reading Centre
  • Reading South
  • Risca
  • Walton on Thames
  • Wolverton
Openreach G.fast coverage in UK
Postcodes with Openreach G.fast ultrafast broadband service availability.

There is something new though with these eleven, the pods are usually spotted by seeing G.fast type speedtests but the pods on all these 11 exchanges are showing with amber status, which traditionally has been the status on live pods for those where the speeds are right on the edge of being below or are below 100 Mbps. So why the pods are showing as amber is unclear especially when we are seeing people with a live service.

The Fibre First roll-out where it is overlapping with G.fast in two exchange areas (Whitchurch in Cardiff and Corstorphine in Edinburgh) continues to grow and is now at 3,562 premises with both Openreach FTTP and G.fast available to them.

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@thinkbroadband Meanwhile 10Gbps fibre optic broadband services are advertised on mainstream TV in Europe, for less than €50/month.

  • @neilfairbrother
  • comment via twitter
  • 10 days ago

You can add HAXBY to the list. Cabinet 10 and probably others.

  • ppiixx
  • 10 days ago

Are they testing the edges of their range a bit more aggressively as they reach towards the end of the G.Fast rollout?

  • Croft12
  • 10 days ago

@neilfairbrother (btw top one day cricketer)
10 Gb/s probably won’t be needed by your average Jo Public for at least a few decades, it’s waaaaay overkill for residential users at present.

  • baby_frogmella
  • 10 days ago

End of G.fast roll-out? Only about a quarter of the way through the roll-out and lots more dense urban that fits the existing patterns.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 days ago

Need versus my internet is bigger than yours is an interesting game.

Once you go full fibre you can advertise many interesting massively faster packages, take-up is of course the key to any benefit to the economy.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 days ago

Dawley got all G.fast pods go live as well. Some part of Wellington too. I expecting Donnington, Hortonwood, Oakengates, Stirchley & Cuckoo Oak will be next upgraded soon later this year. Just seen Openreach installing G.fast pods everywhere in Telford area now.

  • adslmax
  • 10 days ago

Nationally maybe Andrew but in some local areas they are well past peak. Even assuming Gfat/fttp balance stays the same in light of competition.

  • Croft12
  • 10 days ago

Pods live on MONTFORT, cab 40, and probably more.

  • philce
  • 10 days ago

Histon is an interesting addition. It's a bit rural for G-Fast, no?

  • evanstim
  • 10 days ago

@thinkbroadband Looks like LNWGN is getting some as well

  • @mynnoj
  • comment via twitter
  • 10 days ago

Look at the map there is a few other rural cabinets getting pods, i.e. the roll out is not just an urban affair

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 9 days ago

G.fast and FTTP news seems to be more and more frequent. Personally I'm waiting for some rural EO line news. I guess I'll have quite a wait...

  • sheephouse
  • 9 days ago

One of those is the neighboring exchange to mine, in the same town. Does that imply positive things for my exchange or not particularly?

  • rtho782
  • 9 days ago

Been looking a little more into the coverage of the pods on my cab, I have been told my line length is less than 300M, however I don't get any availability, not even amber, doing a quick check of properties nearer to the cab, I estimate that of the 400+ properties served less than 40 will get Gfast?
Seems a waste of resources when 1/2 mile up the road the cab doesn't even have FTTC, with line lengths over 3500M giving sub 2Mb.
Id love to know what the actual take up of this is in areas like this (we also have Virgin).
Should have just gone full fibre.

  • philce
  • 9 days ago

Pods on a cab? G.fast should involve just one pod on the copper cabinet, are you sure you are not confusing copper expansion and extra VDSL2 ports with the G.fast pods?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 9 days ago

Some properties connected to cab 2 on the Westwood exchange in Warrington look to now have G.Fast in the Castle Green, Kingswood area of Warrington.

  • Robin1989
  • 9 days ago

Cab 52 Crewe Cheshire is live on the Openreach website and BT’s Ultrafast checker at my home address. Can’t order it as BT says it’s not available when available. So still waiting patiently until I can.

  • McGrath82
  • 8 days ago

Yes sorry, slip of the keyboard (noticed but cant edit posts), its 1 pod attached to the DP cab, the FTTC cab is 10 feet away.

  • philce
  • 8 days ago

Cumbernauld is live too.

Cabinet 1 has got an "amber" status against G.Fast. See against postcode G67 2SU

  • hippyharry
  • 8 days ago

The Amber status is very odd, and presumably nothing to do with line length from the pod. For instance looking at a house opposite Maesglas cab 2, number 9, postcode NP10 8WS on https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLChecker.address shows 330/50 for both clean and impacted lines, yet the status shows as 'Amber', meaning it cannot be ordered.

  • oglord
  • 7 days ago

Picking up the "Ipswich Whitton" exchange may have been due to one of my speed tests as I got g.fast installed last Thursday. Prior to the order the BT Wholesale checker said the g.fast for my line was "Available". After the order went in, until the evening of the install being completed, it showed the "Amber" status for g.fast on my line. Since the evening of my install going live, I've had it say available.

I'm the second person in the cabinet to get the g.fast. The BT Engineer said he'd been surprised with some of the elderly people he'd been installing it for who don't need the speed.

  • smsm1
  • 7 days ago

The BT engineer also noted that at the cabinet it's possible to get over 900Mb/s

Max speed test as part of the install at my house is:
Downstream: 264Mb/s
Upstream: 44.5Mb/s

Not on a tariff to get that though.

  • smsm1
  • 7 days ago

Connected to cabinet No.98 NR2 4EH 15/02/2019 sync @ 160/30

  • Beifang
  • 5 days ago

I still read this site, although I'm now in a village outside of Madrid. It would've got ~1Mb/s ADSL, but here were no pairs. It now has fibre. It's Gpon - with 6x 10Gb/s fibres shared between ~20 houses. Most are aerial fibres from poles, with the optical spliters also on the poles. Installation free for min 3 months service.

I don't see the point of FTTC and then needing huge cabinets with mini exchanges/routers in.

  • bristolbachelor
  • 3 days ago

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