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26 more exchanges with partial Gfast ultrafast broadband coverage

The latest 26 exchanges areas where we have found at least one pod live and taking orders are as follows:

  • Abergavenny
  • Ampthill
  • Barnet (*)
  • Catford (*)
  • Claydon
  • Clydebank (*)
  • Cross Houses
  • Egham (*)
  • Flitwick
  • Frome
  • Ingleby Barwick
  • Lytham
  • New Southgate
  • Pontypridd
  • Rickmansworth (*)
  • Romford (*)
  • Rustington (*)
  • St Annes (*)
  • Shurdington
  • Sutton
  • Thame
  • Twyford
  • Waltham Cross (*)
  • Winterbourne
  • Wombourne
  • Woodley

(*) 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. 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 (and none has been that we are aware of) in the commercial world the 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 roll-out further and the staff time saved be shifted into building the FTTP network, with 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 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 flip to FTTP available (VDSL2 available still of course), so some days we do see the footprint shrink.

Some of the other figures behind the 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 The average number of premises per cabinet at 398 highlights that the roll-out is largely an urban based roll-out and around two thirds of those with a option also have Virgin Media cable broadband available.


Not seen any cabs in Frome...

  • choppersrock
  • about 1 year ago

Definitely cabinets with G FAST in Romford and live, my one been live about a month.
One cabinet on the Romford exchange has 2 G FAST PODS!! Either side of cabinet!

  • sparkey1989
  • about 1 year ago

sparkey1989 are you sure one of them isn't just a expansion pod? I have seen 2 of them connected to a cabinet before in a non GFast area.

  • Jake4
  • about 1 year ago

Hiya, do you know when the Barnet exchange will be on in full? Looking at Cabinet 22.

  • BlueHorizonUK
  • about 1 year ago

Jake4 yeah your right there, my mistake. Ones a G fast pod and the other expansion one then, have a look on link
Google map link
Near 3-51 Belle Vue Rd, Romford

  • sparkey1989
  • about 1 year ago

Alas no idea when how many pods will appear or when on the Barnet exchange. If we knew all that tracking the roll-outs would be a lot easier.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Gateshead also have partial coverage, PCP 66 is one example

  • mark_07
  • about 1 year ago

Gateshead is in the checkers now but map tile render was already underway, so will appear on the next run.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Stepps has active G.Fast, I’m connected (first on my cabinet, number 15).

  • fatjez
  • about 1 year ago

That cab is on checker and maps already

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Be nice if OR paid more attention to the existing customers. I know that the percentage is small, but when you're connected to FTTC and that cabinet has been at capacity for nearly three years, it isn't really progress in the scheme of things.

  • nomisco
  • about 1 year ago

Care to say which cabinet it is? Interested in seeing if our tracking is picking the cabinet up as a long term at capacity one.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

I am on the Rossendale exchange in Lancashire. I went on Gfast 2nd July 2019, on cabinet 28.

  • carlfairclough
  • about 1 year ago

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