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The latest 15 exchanges with Gfast ultrafast broadband

The pace at which we have been finding pods appears to have slowed down, the latest 15 exchanges have increased the footprint from 1,606,553 premises on 5th March to 1,644,102 premises on 30th March.

The latest 15 exchanges we have found are as follows and as always if you have available to order and we are not showing the packages when you do a package search do point us at the exchange in the comments or drop us an email/tweet. The latest exchange Bannockburn is not on our maps just yet, but will be before April starts.

  • Adderbury
  • Bannockburn
  • Bishops Cleeve
  • Blackheath (Sandwell)
  • Brackley
  • Carteton
  • Charlbury
  • Chester North
  • Kentford
  • Kirby Muxloe
  • Lydney
  • Queens Head
  • Rownhams (Southampton)
  • Rochford
  • Scotstoun

The total number of pods across the UK that we have spotted now stands at 5,972. One interesting development in the last month is that we have learnt that premises are not meant to have and FTTP available and at present we have seen 11,434 premises where that is the case and we are waiting to hear from Openreach as to what should really be showing as available. We believe that what should happen is that as Openreach FTTP appears in pod areas that those premises that will be able to get FTTP should have the option removed from the availability checkers but those premises where FTTP will not be possible e.g. a block of flats where landlord is refusing permission for installing FTTP will see as the ultrafast option.

The most interesting change is that we have found a lot more FTTP in the last few weeks than, which suggests either we are not spotting the pods and people are not interested enough to tell us where the live ones are OR just maybe the roll-out is slowing down and we may see the roll-out targets scaled back again in favour of more full fibre. 

Comments roll-out is slowing down and we may see the roll-out targets scaled back again in favour of more full fibre. Good !!!! We all want FTTP roll out anyway. are a waste of time (limit @ 300m from the cabinet to the property)

  • adslmax
  • over 2 years ago

Would stopping gfast now have much of an impact on FTTP? Probably none whatsoever. Some may say rather gfast in 6-12 months than wait indefinitely for FTTP. Most probably don't G.A.S.

  • ribble
  • over 2 years ago

"people are not interested enough to tell us where the live ones are"

Well I mentioned the one on my cabinet back in December and you've only just listed Brackley so maybe there's another problem here?

  • AndrueC
  • over 2 years ago

Was that pod actually live back in December?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 2 years ago

exmouth some gfast and a new estate fttp

  • celad2001
  • over 2 years ago is utterly pointless to the normal person, its still copper connections! I have no interest is yet another intermediate solution that ISPs can market as ultra fast to get around laying new fibre.

  • doowles
  • over 2 years ago

The big question is how do you get hold of a modem so you can dump the terrible BT Smart HUB :)

  • elliottlock
  • over 2 years ago

@andrew : To be fair I don't know. It's been showing the G.FAST column on the checker since January but as I'm too far away I don't know if it's live or not.

  • AndrueC
  • over 2 years ago

Figured out which cabinet it is and is live in our system and on maps

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 2 years ago

B44 8JS has been updated to have FTTP

Exchange name: Birchfield
Exchange status: Fibre enabled
Cabinet number: 8
Technology: FTTP

Can't get fast broadband to any other providers then BT / aa / cerberus / spectrum / structured / syscom / zen. (and Virgin Media)

How come I can't get ir through other providers like SKY, Talk Talk, etc?

  • NiteOwls
  • over 2 years ago

Already got that one on the maps and checker

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 2 years ago

I don't fully understand the negativity towards Yes, fibre is future proof and more reliable etc, but it is not feasible for some situations, especially legacy blocks of flats.

G.Fast is an excellent solution for blocks of flats, that often have their own dedicated green box, short lines, and various obstructions, such as wayleaves and access, to the installation of full fibre.

As someone that is currently trying to get an obstructive Isle of Man holding company to approve the legals for a Hyperoptic install, I clamour for a pod on my green box.

  • prozn
  • over 2 years ago

Gfast is a great tech for the right areas - ie city centres, high population density and short lines. I'd have been fine with getting it here, if they hadn't installed FTTP.

  • Chipmunk77
  • over 2 years ago

Saughall, Cheshire (exchange WNSAU) has G.Fast on at least one cabinet.

I don't think that Openreach will be adding this to my exchange next door (Great Mollington, WNGM) anytime soon as there are probably not enough potential customers. It is more likely that Virgin will, but only if they manage to conquer Saughall.

  • mollcons
  • over 2 years ago

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