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Another 12 exchanges with G.fast ultrafast broadband

The number of premises with access to G.fast ultrafast broadband from Openreach pods has increased to 1,606,553 premises delivered from 5,285 pods. The latest twelve exchange areas we have found are:

  • Altrincham
  • Brownhills (Walsall)
  • Burford
  • Drayton
  • Evesham
  • Lower Shelton
  • Melrose Gate
  • Midsomer Norton
  • Ormskirk
  • Wolverton
  • Wootton Bassett
  • York

In the limited number of Fibre First areas the overlap between G.fast and Openreach GEA-FTTP availability has now increased to 6,054 premises. We also continue to find some additional pods in existing areas and we suspect the amber status shown may be related to a shift from engineer based installs to self install, we await confirmation on this. G.fast generally is best installed with a faceplate filter to ensure that extension wiring does not impact on the speeds, the higher frequencies of G.fast make it more sensitive to the vagaries of in home wiring.

Comments

Congratulations to those folks on their newly deployed stopgap solution.

  • CarlThomas
  • 3 months ago

Yes my mate got g.fast in Brownhills in high street served by cabinet 28

  • adslmax
  • 3 months ago

Any idea why my home and my 3 neighbours cannot get gfast, but the houses either side all can. Is it possible that there's some sort of flag against our addresses because we are 20 m further back from the road? Openreach is showing as available for ordering but the ISP's are not. I'm approx 240m from the cab from my last engineer visit.

  • Dr_genestealer
  • 3 months ago

That further 20m along with other differences in wiring may be the difference between service being available and it not.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
If the line has a Bringe Tap this would effect the availability this can be checked by using the Bt Checker, the Bt Checker also can tell you the max speed by date if you are on FTTC. I found this out in November by going via the number there are many customers out there showing Bridge Taps.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

We're 305M according to the last OR engineer who came to sort a fault recently, we dont get any availability. Having a quick sample it seems the cab only serves about 40 houses according to the checker. Were in a reasonably built up residential area so not rural at all.
Seems a lot of investment for not a lot of signups (we already have virgin 350Mb in the area).
Hopefully they will relax the line lengths same as the early ADSL/VDSL roll outs.

  • philce
  • 2 months ago

If they relax the line lengths then what will happen is people upgrading and paying more and complaining the extra £10 to £20 a month is not worth it for the speed they get.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

Somewhat alarming Mr Mamba apparently war dialing numbers into the BT Wholesale checker.

  • CarlThomas
  • 2 months ago

@philce, re the investment I've said many times If this was a genuine case for investment to gain business they'd be building out to non fttc/fttp areas with a long tie in contract, areas where people would bite their hand off for the chance at current tech rather than 2M adsl, but its not, It's a numbers game for available superfast.

Gfst should be demand let and dare I say it subject to the same business model as FTTP, If you want it pop in an order and pay for it as chances are you're already getting reasonably good FTTC.

  • Swac3
  • 2 months ago

@andrew & Blackmamba: BT BROADBAND AVAILABILITY CHECKER www.dslchecker.bt.com say, for my number in evesham says

G.fast Range A (Clean) 132.3 down 17.2 up
WBC FTTC Availability Date: Available
G.fast Multicast: Available
Bridge Tap: U (Unknown)
VRI: N
NTEFaceplate: N
Last Test Date 25-02-2019
This line is on a Market B Exchange.

Seems like a mismatch in the database perhaps, any ideas which department in BT to reach out to, and how to do so?

  • Dr_genestealer
  • 2 months ago

Also, https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre is saying my number is enabled and accepting orders for G.fast (Ultrafast)

  • Dr_genestealer
  • 2 months ago

I don't see a mismatch there? FTTC available, G.fast available. Perhaps I'm missing something?

  • CarlThomas
  • 2 months ago

@Andrew
Any evidence of real world performance of G.Fast hitting 300Mbps at 300 meters, which I think was the original Openreach target?

  • New_Londoner
  • 2 months ago

@New_Londoner
That was never the target. 300m is roughly the point where g.fast and VDSL2 cross over. Beyond that g.fast drops off a cliff edge. VDSL2 carries on further out. Roughly speaking.

  • ribble
  • 2 months ago

Hi DR.
If you are not happy with the information go via your ISP to make sure the product is being advertised correctly on the BT Checker.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

Hi DR.
If you are not happy with the information go via your ISP to make sure the product is being advertised correctly on the BT Checker.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

Original Openreach target was G.fast deployed at numerous points in a cabinet footprint - so the pod based solution is not the original one, and no-one sensible has ever suggested 300 Mbps at 300 metre from a G.fast DSLAM.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

I was visiting my mother over the weekend and noticed that cabinets 1,3,5 but not 4 :( or 15 on the Prudhoe exchange have acquired Nokia G.fast pods in the last month. Also Tayport has had Huawei pods on cabinets 1,2,3 but not 4 for ~6 months now.

  • jabuzzard
  • 2 months ago

Acquired a pod does not equal live, really only interested in ones that are live i.e. showing amber or available status.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

I know, but on the other hand knowing where pods are being installed surely makes it easier to spot when they go live. That is watch for say when cabinet on an exchange goes live, then look at the rest of the cabinets for that exchange. I guess it depends on how you are detecting new pods/exchanges going live.

  • jabuzzard
  • 2 months ago

I think you have missed cabinet 99 on the York exchange. At least it's still not showing on your map, but the the number for "The Swan" which is like opposite the cabinet is showing G.fast availability. Oddly the "Slip Inn" which is another 100m down Clementhorpe is showing much better speeds possible, though the Ship might have a bridge tap (showing as U on the checker). Still looking for a number on the checker that has both native FTTP and G.fast :-(

  • jabuzzard
  • 2 months ago

99 added to the updates for later today

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

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