Full fibre from Openreach and how much was gap funded in the last month.
Openreach is aiming to reach 30,000 premises every week with its FTTP roll-outs but for now the pace is firmly stuck at around the 20,000 premises mark. If the focus is just on a 100% UK wide target driven by the UK Government then the where does not matter, but with lots of public money still going into gap funded roll-outs we feel its important to see how much is being built and thus contributing to the superfast goals.
Splits for Openreach FTTP and change in category since 12th August 2019:
- 463,381 premises via BDUK or other rural intervention (increase of 10,385)
- 634,645 premises in Fibre First areas (increase of 48,142)
- 240,990 premises via New Build since January 2016 (increase of 16,229)
- 154,915 premises via commercial/old roll-out (increase of 5,616)
To avoid you all getting your calculators out the total is 1,493,931 premises where Openreach FTTP is available to order.
The new build figure was higher this month as on 8th September we started to integrate the latest release of postcodes from ONS and figuring out what broadband services are available.
The stand out figure is that the amount of gap funded FTTP showed an increase of 10,385 premises, previous month this increase was 7,448 premises and prior to that 7,379 and 7,010. This suggests that August looks to have been a prime go live month for rural FTTP but we would caveat that by pointing out that we did spend a lot more time searching in rural areas for changes in broadband options. An observation we can make is that in most areas the FTTP build is going to those with speeds below 10 Mbps (via existing VDSL2 or ADSL2+) but there are some interesting ones where the FTTP build does extend into parts of cabinet footprint where superfast speeds were expected from VDSL2.
For those wondering about the increase in the old roll-out/commercial figure this includes exchanges such as Failsworth and Hunslet where FTTP has been built overlaying the VDSL2 network but the exchanges are not on the Fibre First lists.