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1 million premises passed with full fibre by Openreach milestone reached

The pace of the Openreach full fibre roll-out has been picking up for some time and with the declarations in their last financial statement issued at the end of January 2019 it was always likely that the 1 million premises mark would be hit in Q1 2019 and our tracking of the roll-out can report that on the evening of 3rd April 2019 we hit a figure of 1,003,094 premises where Openreach FTTP was available to order.

There has been a surge in what we have been finding since it was only 17 days ago that we had just passed the 900,000 premises mark and this is down to a surge in the amount of Fibre First areas showing live FTTP especially Northern Ireland where in the last month full fibre coverage has leapt from 90,000 premises to 128,000 premises with the increase concentrated in the Belfast area and we expect to find more. The two latest exchanges where we have seen Fibre First coverage appear for the first time are Knock (Belfast) and Colinton (Edinburgh).

Postcodes covering 1 million premises where Openreach FTTP is available
Map showing postcodes where the Openreach FTTP service is available
(the highest zoom level is still rendering on Thursday 4th April)

Hitting and passing the 1 million target is not the end of the story since in a few days under two years Openreach needs to have delivered another two million premises and if the pace seen in 2019 continues then we are expecting to see the 3 million target hit in January or February 2021.

Openreach is not the only operator rolling out full fibre and another milestone was hit recently and our tracking of all the FTTP operators shows the UK footprint is at 2,047,954 premises. So Openreach contributing just under 50% of that figure means it is the largest full fibre operator and looks likely to remain so for a good number of years.

The Fibre First roll-out from Openreach is concentrated into a number of exchanges and that makes tracking the coverage levels simpler and we can share our list of Fibre First exchanges and the current levels of Openreach FTTP coverage within them. This particular set of figures make no distinction between the old commercial roll-out (mainly Thornthon Heath), new build and Fibre First but does show how some areas are racing towards very high levels of full fibre availability.

Exchange% coverage Openreach FTTP
AbbeyHill - Edinburgh 16.9%
Ballysillan - Belfast 55.3%
Balmoral - Belfast 22.5%
Beacon - Birmingham 18.2%
Bedminster - Bristol 61%
Belfast North 0.4%
Birchfield - Birmingham 53.8%
Bishopsworth - Bristol 1.1%
Bristol Easton 13.4%
Bristol North 47%
Bristol South 29.6%
Bristol West 0%
Cardiff Empire 0.8%
Cardiff Stadium 0%
Chapeltown - Leeds 2.2%
Colinton - Edinburgh 2.2%
Corstorphine - Edinburgh 66.8%
Crayford - Bexley 46.2%
Cregagh - Belfast 0.2%
Dagenham 23.9%
Davidsons - Edinburgh 0.1%
Donaldson - Edinburgh 32.9%
Dundonald - Edinburgh 47.5%
Earlsdon - Coventry 0.3%
Failsworth - Manchester (not on the official Fibre First lists but recent roll-out matches pattern for Fibre First) 13.4%
Faraday - Central London 2.8%
Fleet - Central London 0%
Fortwilliam - Belfast 64.8%
Gedling - Nottingham 10.9%
Great Crosby - Liverpool 0%
Harehills - Leeds 0.3%
Harrow 1.8%
Headingley - Leeds 50.1%
Highbury - Birmingham 0.2%
Kings Norton - Birmingham 13%
Knock - Belfast 30.9%
Malone - Belfast 57.0%
Moortown - Leeds 47.8%
Newington - Edinburgh 25.1%
Ormeau - Belfast 42.4%
Radcliffe - Manchester 0.2%
Radford - Coventry 33.4%
Salisbury (this is pre-existing FTTP rather than Fibre First) 3.3%
Sefton Park - Liverpool 67.9%
Sheldon - Birmingham 7.3%
Stechford - Birmingham 52.6%
Stoneycroft - Liverpool 29.5%
Stormont - Belfast 37.6%
Streetly - Birmingham 28.8%
Swansea Central 2.1%
Swinton - Salford 85.8%
Thornton Heath - Croydon 56.7%
Twickenham 41.9%
Wallasey - Wirral 11.7%
Whitchurch - Cardiff 72.9%
Whitchurch - Bristol 0.6%
Wythenshawe - Manchester 6.9%

Premises passed means that the only component that needs installing is the final bit of fibre into the home or business, which for the Fibre First roll-out means screwing a section of pre-made fibre to the manifold on a pole or in a pavement chamber and then running this cable to the home and installing the ONT (fibre modem) with the fibre running in existing ducting or over a pole or two.

The next more important step is to see people ordering and using the FTTP services and the long list of exchanges includes some very different prospects e.g. Kings Norton has almost no existing Openreach superfast options with people reliant on Virgin Media but many other areas have extensive VDSL2 coverage at superfast speeds in addition to Virgin Media and there is a few areas with no superfast option at all jumping straight to full fibre. We are seeing exchange only lines seeing FTTP arrive and cabinets previously considered non-viable for VDSL2 but as the coverage figures things are far from uniform and even in areas of an exchange that has blanket coverage there is the odd block of flats bypassed; we should add that living in flats does not preclude getting FTTP as plenty of flats are now showing with FTTP available just there are more factors involved compared to a street of terraced or semi-detached homes.

Comments

@thinkbroadband Do openreach publish stats on passed premises can’t be connected? eg old copper ducts blocked, cust… https://t.co/ZFBbVQCtHw

  • @gloverstweets
  • comment via twitter
  • 3 months ago

@thinkbroadband What does ‘passed’ mean?

  • @neitherspanish
  • comment via twitter
  • 3 months ago

'Passed' means you can order fttp. Still the last bit of cabling needs doing but not much.

  • Croft12
  • 3 months ago

Which we covered in the article below the table of Fibre First exchanges, since this question always gets asked.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

You should know by now Andrew that people don't read all the way down ;-)

Any change in the connections rate (/wk) since your last update?

  • Croft12
  • 3 months ago

Last update was this morning...

900,300 to 1,003,094 in 17 days, so 42,000 per week. Don't believe Openreach is deploying at that rate, but maybe at 20,000 a week versus their declared 14,000. In short we are catching up to the front edge of their roll-out.

Alternatively it might mean they have continued to ramp up the pace and we will hear about that when the financials are published.

Or I've got it all wrong and they'll declare less than a million premises passed.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

LOL.Covered all the possible bases there.

Yeah I did some quick maths and decided 42/w was not likely but 20k up from 14 is if they have continued to ramp. And they could really do with that sort of number to get ahead of their timeframe and have some margin in hand

  • Croft12
  • 3 months ago

So another 20 years before it come here then, not that I am that bothered.

  • zyborg47
  • 3 months ago

By the way the numbers are out of date already, as more is in system to add to checkers tonight.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

My exchange (Great Mollington - WNGM) has 22 premises that can connect using FTTP which was configured earlier this year within the Connecting Cheshire project for BDUK.

  • mollcons
  • 3 months ago

Will be on the checker by the morning

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Fttp now available in my area, unfortunately cost is extortionate as there are only a few Fttp providers at the moment. I will be waiting until more mainstream providers and competition are available.

  • dandl
  • 3 months ago

dandi

Cost is the same as for FTTC for the same package so not extortionate. Are you thinking of FTTPoD rather than what is talked about above.

  • jumpmum
  • 3 months ago

Jumpmum,
no I'm not thinking of FTTPod, but FTTP, most of the current providers are charging £50 plus for the basic packages plus upto £100 activation. I swapped to Virgin 100 for £27 free installation and activation. Once the other providers start offering FTTP, I'll reconsider

  • dandl
  • 3 months ago

@dandl
Cheapest FTTP service (55/10) on BT Retail is £31.99 pm incl line rental or £39.99 pm for the 80/20 FTTP service. Hardly eye watering prices.

  • baby_frogmella
  • 3 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
As the list on Openreach Website stating the exchanges that are being upgraded , the total has decreased in the last few months I feel the provision of fibre to the Post Codes from this list will be registering a higher rate from Openreach as the months pass.
I feel that Openreach is not advising Thinkbroadband of the facility’s on the Post Codes ( ADSL, FTTC, pure Fibre etc ) I feel this is very important for the public and the Uk. Come on Openreach and ISP,s help Thinkbroadband and you will help everyone.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
The information on the Post Code ( Shop window ) is most important for selling and general information and I feel that is the key to a good service for the UK and it,s customers .

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

@baby/dandl BT were actually offering @£29.99 a few days ago when I was looking (with cashback/freebies). Prob still there as a discretionary offer if you ask. Zen do some good deal as well esp if you can use the bb only

  • Croft12
  • 3 months ago

Blackmamba what on Earth are you waffling on about with that word soup?

Shop windows, post codes?

This said you're the guy who thought packets were routed from cabinets to homes using post codes, and that latitude and longitude are involved.

Please proof read the things you write here. They make absolutely no sense on any level beyond, I think, a request from Openreach for transparency as to the technologies available in post codes. There are checkers in place per premises for this that Openreach CPs use to provide us results. Postal code level information isn't enough for FTTP.

  • CarlThomas
  • 3 months ago

Hi Carl.
I have no problem locating a customer which has access to Fibre or any other service by using the Post Code GPS position it’s all there on Openreach Web site with their list of Exchanges/Post Codes/Addresses.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

Can you show people where you can enter the latitude and longitude (which are GPS coordinates most often used) on the Openreach website to detail availability?

Also where on the Openreach website is a list of postcodes and addresses?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers. Just log in to Bt Checker then click addresses enter post code this will give addresses, Lat/Long.
The Lat/Long is the exact position Of the Home. You then can cross check to goggle maps to see if the address is correct.
Do the same procedure on Openreach web site this will give the address but not the GPS position and what is available.
You will find on some lists the addresses are not correct and have no GPS.
The best address list is Ofcom (postal).

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

So you have a login to the BT checker, surely that should have been revoked since you retired from BT.

So which page is this login on, so anyone can register, since they seem to let anyone in?

Also where is the list of addresses from Ofcom to download, i.e. the 30 million+ addresses.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers. If you us the Bt Checker with the numbers it will give you the last time the line was tested and if there are any bridge taps and if the service is ADSL or FTTC up and down speeds and date I fount this was only available in the last six months.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

The numbers? Do you mean telephone number?

Which of course is not accurate for the millions of MPF lines across the UK.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

HiBroadband Watchers.
Yes it is the telephone number . Mine 0142860xxxx = Haslemere area Code. (01428). From this GPS. (12 digits) = Saffron.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

A telephone number has no inherent GPS information embedded in it.

With number porting and VoIP it is possible that a phone number is located anywhere that an Internet connection is possible.

Any links between telephone number and GPS are because of an individual provider making the link, and with MPF only the holders of those number ranges know where the number is located.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
The error addresses are filtered out on the Openreach address files the GPS location does not show. The number and Addresses are split thus giving the correct indenity.
The correct file will be the OFCom file (list). The ISP should have the correct information on the addresses / identity to cover the data protection act if called on .

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
The error addresses are filtered out on the Openreach address files the GPS location does not show. The number and Addresses are split thus giving the correct indenity.
The correct file will be the OFCom file (list). The ISP should have the correct information on the addresses / identity to cover the data protection act if called on .

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

So help your fellow humans by sharing a link to this Ofcom file list, so people can figure out what you are trying to say.

Have no idea why the data protection act has come into things now.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers
For those who think I am lost go to Goggle. Type in OFCom Post Checker and you will see the addresses ( List ) I have found them the most correct against Bt list, Openreach, and ISP,s. Good hunting for the Pure Fibre.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

@BM - do you mean 'New one-stop mobile and broadband checker'
https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/
So you type in a postcode and the dropdown lists addresses.
Shows postcode centres, not the property location. No sign of lat/long.
Bit like https://www.royalmail.com/find-a-postcode

  • Somerset
  • 3 months ago

The Ofcom checker just repeats what the providers supply when Ofcom uses its statutory powers to request data.

Try
BS2 8YA Only shows VDSL and cable, not the FTTP
GU34 2FR Shows VDSL2 but BT say FTTP is the service
SN25 2SS No idea what the 5 Meg down, 0 up service is or the superfast speeds. Since it is a Fibre Only build

When correct it is generally 3 to 6 months out of date.
Don't believe me SN25 2SB was introduced in Sept 2018 and Ofcom still knows nothing about it.

On clarity try PL25 3FA
We only give VDSL2 estimate as outside range for Gfast, BT say 82-167, Ofcom say 99 down 12 up

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Hi Somerset.
Yes you are there. This list will have a total Addresses (Names) Say 10.
Then go to the BT Checker using addresses and you will see on the address 12 digit number which is the Lat/Long and by it is the address number.
To recheck use Google Maps and it will give you the name of the house and the decoded position Lat/Long.
I have found that where people move they take the house name with them so you must check the Lat /Long or the name has been changed.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

Hi Somerset.
If you then go via Openreach using the Post Code select address this will give you the Cab number and if work is pending may be pure fibre or reference to an ISP.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

Blackmamba - making no sense again

e.g. GU34 5QW with a couple of properties with postcode centroid lat 51.16684884 lng -1.02412685

BT Checker shows 11 and 12 digit numbers for 1 Waterworks Cottages
10032904362
1710008169
00077818839

How do these convert to the lat/lng?

Google Maps puts this property in a field at 51.168459, -1.0253228
Satellite imagery suggests within a few metres of 51.166788, -1.024566

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

Hi Andrews staff. Just tracked the route back to the Alton Cab 25 using Google Post Codes Addresses that have lat/ Long plus the address identity.
I checked only a few on the A335 and did not do a cross check with OFCom and Openreach lists.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

Where are addresses with lat/long for individual properties?

Look at https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/about/governance/policies/addressbase-uprn.html

  • Somerset
  • 2 months ago

The UPRN contains no attribution or information (for example coordinate position) about the property.

  • Somerset
  • 2 months ago

The UPRN contains no attribution or information (for example coordinate position) about the property.

  • Somerset
  • 2 months ago

@Blackmamba Perhaps you could answer the question, rather than throwing more word soup into the comments i.e. where is this 12 digit number that tells people the lat/lng of a property on the BT Wholesale checker?

We have to ask the question, because for those not familiar with things are potentially being misled by your statements.

Should also point out that the Alton cabinet 25 is actually on the A339 road at https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.1469259,-1.0023047,3a,90y,25.82h,70.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sOYxGGE71fXW78MKutKvr8w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

Hi Andrew.
I have tried to answer the question but you and others do not follow ( my logic ) as it only takes me a short time to get the service that is available to the Post Code at the present time. Just think what I have stated if there are any Openreach techies please attack me over transmission ( Tones ).

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

@BM - please give a link or copy the text where the lat/long of a property is given in connection with broadband provision.

The BT checker gives the UPRN, that does not give lat/long, Are you just finding the exact property on google maps for it?

  • Somerset
  • 2 months ago

Hi Somerset. I have checked the list on Post Code Gu345QW and the correct one is the OFCom one.
You will find the GPS number (12 digit ) on the BT Checker referring to the addresses on the Ofcom one.
I did work at Alton Exchange X bar at odd times.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

@BM
Quote “You will find the GPS number (12 digit ) on the BT Checker ”

I’ve just looked at the results using GU34 5QW with both the BT Wholesale and Openreach checkers. Oddly neither gave any indication of either the GPS data nor longitude or latitude, please specify more clearly which checker you’re referring to and, better still, post the results showing the data in question.

  • New_Londoner
  • 2 months ago

@BM what you call the GPS number is the 12 digit Universal Property Number.

  • Somerset
  • 2 months ago

Hi Somerset. Yes you are correct just one more step and you will see a 12 digit number the first 6 is the Lat and the other 6 is long.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

So Blackmamba are you saying you are using Google Maps to translate the address into a lat/lng for you?

As I pointed out that is not always accurate, and I just picked a postcode on Alton exchange with no prior knowledge of any google error for this building.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

@bm Example please of UPRN being lat/long.

  • Somerset
  • 2 months ago

*Sigh*

https://www.btwholesale.com/pages/static/uprn.htm

https://www.geoplace.co.uk/addresses/uprn

https://www.geoplace.co.uk/addresses/uprn/where-does-the-uprn-come-from

A big hint being 'unique'. Apartments?

  • CarlThomas
  • 2 months ago

'What happens to the UPRN when the building is split into flats?

The original building retains its UPRN and becomes a ‘parent’, individual properties within the building, known as ‘child properties’ are allocated their own UPRN. All ‘Child’ properties reference the UPRN of their ‘Parent’ property to show this ‘parent/child’ relationship.

What happens when two flats/ buildings are knocked into one?

The UPRNs of the original buildings are updated to ‘historic’; and a new UPRN is given to the new merged property on the site.'

Pretty sure they aren't making latitude and longitude anymore.

  • CarlThomas
  • 2 months ago

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