Over 3 million premises passed by Openreach ultrafast broadband network
Our tracking of where Openreach FTTP and G.fast services are available means that some 3,007,016 premises now have the option of an ultrafast broadband service using one of those two technologies from the retailers who do sell these services.
The 3 million comprises 1,201,699 premises where full fibre is available and another 1,825,510 premise where G.fast with estimated speeds of over 100 Mbps is available. Adding the two technology figure reveals that the total is actually higher, the overall figure in reality is lower due to overlapping of the G.fast footprint with FTTP in some Fibre First exchange areas i.e. overlap is 20,193 premises.
Looking at the split for where the FTTP is being delivered we can report:
- 438,169 premises via BDUK or other rural intervention (up 7,010 compared to May 9th)
- 428,087 premises in Fibre First areas (up 62,299 since May 9th)
- 174,354 premises via New Build since January 2016
- 161,089 premises via commercial/old roll-out
May 9th was when Openreach issued its results for the end of the last quarter (31st March) and we are very close to passing the FTTP figure of 1,247,000 and expect to very quickly do so in the next week or so as the next quarters postcode locations will be available from ONS. We expect there to be around 20,000 to 30,000 premises of new build FTTP to add when we process the data for February, March and April 2019.
The roll-out pace does seem to be holding to around 20,000 premises a week but in the middle of May there was a bit of a dip in the rate we were able to find new full fibre premises at but the last few days has seen an improvement.
The target of 4 million premises with Openreach FTTP available by end of March 2021 needs the roll-out race to increase as our best estimate is December 2021 at present.