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More full fibre in Milton Keynes as CityFibre continues to build

Another part of Milton Keynes can now enjoy full fibre connectivity as the CityFibre build across the town has reached the Stony Stratford area and the live postcodes are now on our maps and checkers.

This latest expansion takes Milton Keynes to 38.2% full fibre coverage and is currently tied with Belfast for the level of FTTP coverage, though in Belfast the roll-out is via the Openreach Fibre First project.

The total footprint that we know about for the Vodafone Gigafast service is at 62,276 premises.

The overnight update to our broadband maps also saw updates for the Hyperoptic, Community Fibre and Gigaclear footprints. The Gigaclear expansion spotted was in the Highnam and Maisemore area of Gloucestershire.

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Should there not be a load of fibre from the old TPON stuff all over Milton Keynes that Openreach could exploit for a FTTP rollout?

  • jabuzzard
  • 3 months ago

TPON all over Milton Keynes - while there was some it was not spread all over.

Terminated differently and layout would not work well, so by the time you've dealt with all that running new stuff in the ducts is probably just as cost effective. Remember TPON just went to a cabinet in a street, so the work to put manifolds out is still needed.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Do we have any idea what the current FTTH rollout status is for Glasgow?

  • Vegito
  • 3 months ago

Do we have any idea what the current FTTH rollout status is for Glasgow?

  • Vegito
  • 3 months ago

Interested in folks opinions re CityFibre/Vodafone. Someone on the VF forum said that they were getting 40Mbps on the 900M service apart from at 3AM ish when it ran at line speed.

Im not paying for that! They had also commented that it took them 7 weeks to get a Static IP out of VF !!

I can order, but I am not being a Guinea pig!

Nigel

  • veletron
  • 3 months ago

@veletron

No residential/consumer ISP will guarantee you 900/900 Mbps day & night. They simply can't on a residential grade service, ie they price they charge is too low to supply such bandwidth 24/7.

You will need to ask VF what their minimum speed guarantee is on their 1 Gig service, however I'm fairly sure it will be considerably more than 40 Mb. For example TalkTalk offer a minimum speed guarantee of around 450 Mbps on their 1 Gig service in York (FTTP), which is also in partnership with Cityfibre. Only you can decide whether the minimum speed quoted is acceptable to you.

  • baby_frogmella
  • 3 months ago

Lots of people still test over wifi - so first stage is rule wifi issues out as the problem

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Hi

Yes, I realise that due to contention I wont get 900Mbps all the time, however I would expect more than 40Mbits. The person who commented, was testing from a PC connected via cabled gigabit ethernet direct to router. Hopefully some speed tests from other users will soon pop-up. Not being able to specify a static IP at the time of the order, is, though for me a bigger issue, and the hassle of getting VF to allocate a static after the fact is well documented by several folks. Also, it seems you cant replace the VF router with something decent without loosing your landline (RJ11 is on router)

  • veletron
  • 3 months ago

@veletron

1) I'm 99.99% certain Vodafone offer more than 40 Mb/s as a minimum speed guarantee on their 1 Gig service. As I said earlier you need to ask them and ideally get it in writing in case they fail to honour it. Their website makes no mention of this.

2) Like most mass ISPs, i believe VF just offer a dynamic IP as standard on their residential services so the person getting it may have got it as a goodwill gesture (ie he was very lucky). If a static IP is an absolute must then you may need to go on their business service which offers a static IP as standard.

  • baby_frogmella
  • 3 months ago

cont'd

3) IF VF use a combined ONT/router (like Gigafast) then i see no reason why you cannot just plug any third party router into one of its LAN ports and use as an AP. If they have a separate ONT & router and you lose the landline if using your own router, then perhaps move your landline over to a VOIP service such as AAISP/yay/sipgate/Vonage?

  • baby_frogmella
  • 3 months ago

Hi. I am currently with a residential ISP (Plusnet), and have a static IP address. There is a simple checkbox on their portal to get a static IP allocated.

After 2 years, VF's sole-provider status expires, so I will re-visit in a couple of years when my existing Plusnet service can be delivered over the fibre.

As for the router, I did think about that, but the forums appear to indicate that the VF router cannot be configured as a 'modem' - eg it cannot pass the publicly addressable IP through to a 3rd party router, which leads to double-natting and nat-traversal issues for some protocols.

  • veletron
  • 3 months ago

@Veletron
We've just had it installed here, it certainly seems fast enough here, measuring 500mbps using their router. I ordered a free static IP on the day after activation and it was ready for me less than 48 hours later, you will get a text message when its ready.

Regarding using your own kit: I askedc the same question before buying into it and they said of course you can, but when you talk to their "Tech Team" (a glorified customer service team with absolutely the minimum of technical ability - for the ones I've spoken too) they will give you mixed messages.

  • MrTurtle
  • about 1 month ago

contd..
Some will give you the username and password needed for your connection on your own router and some will argue that they have checked and you cant use your own system on their Gigafast system, for which they are very wrong. What you need to do is as the link below shows, direct your router/firewall to communicate out on VLAN 911 to the little black fibre to UTP NTU box and it will work perfectly.

https://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Other-broadband-queries/3rd-party-router-on-Gigafast-in-Milton-Keynes/td-p/2614887

  • MrTurtle
  • about 1 month ago

God knows why they feel they need to make it so hard but at least it works..

  • MrTurtle
  • about 1 month ago

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