26 more exchanges with partial Gfast ultrafast broadband coverage
The latest 26 exchanges areas where we have found at least one G.fast pod live and taking orders are as follows:
- Barnet (*)
- Catford (*)
- Clydebank (*)
- Cross Houses
- Egham (*)
- Ingleby Barwick
- New Southgate
- Rickmansworth (*)
- Romford (*)
- Rustington (*)
- St Annes (*)
- Waltham Cross (*)
(*) These exchanges have not had a full check so there may be more cabinets waiting to appear in our package search. Pontypridd is new enough in our checker that it will not appear on our maps until the next update in a day or two.
G.fast for a good many reading will feel very out dated now especially given the massive pivot of the week towards full fibre and while it is clear that no public money should be spent on G.fast (and none has been that we are aware of) in the commercial world the G.fast roll-out does has offered Openreach the potential to offer its communication providers a relatively quick to roll-out product that may help to stop churn towards competitors such as Virgin Media and Vodafone Gigafast.
The financial results from BT Group and Openreach are expected later this week if the usual schedule is followed and it may be that if management decides to pivot towards full fibre it may rein in the G.fast roll-out further and the staff time saved be shifted into building the FTTP network, with G.fast only being deployed as a supplementary service to help cover premises with wayleave problems in FTTP areas.
In terms of figures when we reported at the start of July on the effect of the shift from 100 Mbps to 120 Mbps minimum sale limit the footprint was 1,720,060 premises and has now risen to 1,760,072 premises. The overlap between G.fast and Openreach FTTP has increased to some 25,307 premises now, though there is a real mixture of changes happening since the Openreach Fibre First FTTP programme does seem some premises that had access to G.fast flip to FTTP available (VDSL2 available still of course), so some days we do see the G.fast footprint shrink.
Some of the other figures behind the G.fast footprint we have 7,302 live pods recorded in our system across 461 exchanges and the while the footprint is 1,760,072 premises there is actually a total of 2,904,858 premises covered by the 7,302 cabients where we know pods are live, the difference being down to the limited distance reach of the high frequencies used by G.fast. The average number of premises per cabinet at 398 highlights that the G.fast roll-out is largely an urban based roll-out and around two thirds of those with a G.fast option also have Virgin Media cable broadband available.