200,000 premises is impact of Gfast change to 120 Mbps minimum speed
The analysis for the impact of moving from a minimum sales speed of 100 Mbps to 120 Mbps by Openreach has now completed and we can reveal the effect on the footprint was to drop our tracking from 1,912,797 premises passed by G.fast to 1,720,060 premises.
Our maps and other resources have been updated to reflect the shrinking footprint. While lots of the G.fast footprint does overlap with the Virgin Media cable network this drop has caused the UK ultrafast (100 Mbps and faster) figure to drop from 57.56% to 57.46%. The final highest zoom level on the maps is partially rendered and will continue to be updated as 1st July progresses.
The Sunday updates did see some of the lost premises clawed back by additional roll-out which has seen the footprint rise to 1,725,524 premises.
G.fast is not the solution to the worlds broadband problems but as a way of competing quickly against the likes of Virgin Media and various new full fibre entrants it is providing Openreach a cost effective route ahead of their own full fibre roll-outs. There is also the question about what will happen to those in flats and other buildings where the owner refuses permission for the installation of full fibre, G.fast provides a way to get those people into the ultrafast arena, though with the street cabinet based roll-out this will not cover all such buildings, so it may be that unless the empasse over wayleaves is resolved we may see the G.fast bricks appearing on poles or in pavement chambers in a number of years.
As we are talking G.fast lets update you on the exchanges where we have seen pods appear live for the first time since our last round-up a week ago.
- Bishops Waltham
When we did the last round-up there was a number of exchanges where we expected more pods to be found and these have all had the additional checking down apart from Hereford, which will get looked at in the next few days.
As we have now started July that means Q2 2019 has finished and our analysis from all the speed test data we hold is underway and we hope to have the big ISP service round-up published on Tuesday 2nd July and will follow up with some analysis of what we are seeing with respect to G.fast and FTTP take-up.