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15 more exchanges with Gfast ultrafast broadband option

The G.fast footprint continues to grow and this means some 1,816,743 premises across the UK now have access to the 100 Mbps and faster service.

The 15 exchanges added since our last round up are:

  • Abingdon
  • Burnham
  • Culverhouse (did have 1 pod but now many more)
  • Dudley
  • Finchley
  • Goldthorpe
  • Hatfield
  • Kings Langley
  • Langley
  • Malvern
  • Maryhill
  • Rothwell
  • Saughall
  • Thetford
  • Whiteley

The total number of live pods we have spotted is at 6,690 spread across 395 exchange areas, which gives an average of 271 premises within reach on each, highlighting the generally dense urban nature where pods are appearing. Our checkers have all these pods in its system and Rothwell will appear on the maps within a few hours of this article being published.

The 1.8 million premises passed figure is still shy of the 2.02 million figure Openreach announced in its financials but we suspect that a significant reason for this gap is the number of pods that appear to be live via Openreach but the retailers are not selling services yet, i.e. waiting on upgrades at the handover exchange for backhaul. Also we expect to lag further on the G.fast figures than VDSL2 or FTTP simply because we are not pro-actively searching with resources concentrated on the various FTTP roll-outs, the G.fast additions are the result of people contacting us, spotting an unusual speed test in our daily browse of the results or just stumbling across one as part of our FTTP hunting activities.

Comments

SMCO Cowley now showing live GFast on at least 2 cabs e.g. OX4 4SY and OX4 4XQ

  • themanstan
  • 27 days ago

Are there any stats for take up of Gfast ? or is this commercially sensitive.

  • Swac3
  • 27 days ago

Covered in last financials

https://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/8399-openreach-shifts-from-third-gear-to-fourth-with-increased-fttp-roll-outs

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 27 days ago

Found this number back from feb, 0.88 per cent of premises that have the technology available choose to use it.

I'd looked around for some ball park costings for what a Gfast deployment was but couldn't find anything useful. Cant help wondering how much more FTTC or FTTP they could have deployed instead.

Doesn't seem like a good investment in terms of take up, but as nice way to bump up your stats it works.

  • Swac3
  • 27 days ago

I live in Burnham, which is now part of the latest round of exchanges to be activated, and I contacted BT by webchat and they said it is still not available. I also tried checking on the Openreach website and they report that ultrafast broadband is still not avaialable. My question is, should I wait longer for the product to be available or is it supposed to be available as soon as it has been enabled on the exchange?

  • zitbug
  • 26 days ago

You need the handover links at the exchange to be of the right size

AND

The pod attached to your green phone cabinet to be live

AND

Within distance of the new pod to get over 100 Mbps

So only once all that is met does it appear. So which cabinet on the Burnham exchange

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 26 days ago

I am on cabinet 53 in Hatfield and the checker here says I can get gfast and lists the companies but going to then (Zen, BT etc) it says not available.

  • BlueHorizonUK
  • 26 days ago

BT Retail website today (it didn't when I last checked) now says our postcode OX4 4XX (which is served by cab p40 on SMCO) is available to sign up.

  • themanstan
  • 26 days ago

The final edge of availability is still something of a dark art, so have looked at cabinet 53 and believe fixed things - change will appear overnight with the usual daily updates.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 26 days ago

Thank you

  • BlueHorizonUK
  • 26 days ago

Cabinet 5 on NEPH (Prudhoe) and Cabinet 12 on ESPAR (Dundee Park) enabled in the last couple of days

  • jabuzzard
  • 25 days ago

Hmmm....all a bit weird. My postcode showed the higher speeds when j checked yesterday but now shows the average fibre speeds (80mb) Wonder what happened.

  • BlueHorizonUK
  • 25 days ago

Where are you seeing these changes?

Remembering you did say gfast is not available to you, so only FTTC speeds. Though this all a bit odd if your predicted connection speed is 80 Mbps as that should be close enough to get Fast

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 25 days ago

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