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18 more exchanges with G.fast partial fibre ultrafast option

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:10 AM
  • 6 comments

It is almost a month since our last G.fast coverage round-up and we have 18 exchanges where G.fast has been added to our checker and maps for the first time, along with live pods on other exchanges that already had some pods.

  • Ashby de la Zouch
  • Ayr
  • Bluebell Hill
  • Bordon
  • Buxton
  • Byfield
  • Chirk
  • Cradley Heath
  • Earl Shilton
  • Eynsham
  • Long Buckby
  • Magor
  • Par
  • Royston
  • Runcorn
  • Taffs Well
  • Weston Zoyland
  • Worcester

This brings the total ultrafast G.fast footprint to 1,903,691 premises served from 7,963 pods. The distance drop off due to  the high frequencies means that the number of premises connected to the green cabinets that have live pods is actually 3,174,298.

As usual our checker has been updated to reflect all the new pods and our maps have been updated though Earl Shilton and Taffs Well will not appear on the map until later today (25th September).

The future of G.fast was always going to be time limited but in the short term it will provide people within range something better than VDSL2 and even with an extensive full fibre roll-out it will give people access to something better where landlords refuse access for installing fibre. This ability for a landlord to refuse access may change if legislation appears but that is likely to be a couple of years away, this problem does not just affect tower blocks but can also impact low rise and your standard house.

Comments

roadworks.org appears to have changed, with limited future data available. Is this still the place to look for planned roll outs?

Not the most ideal place to ask, apologies.

  • Cessquill
  • 25 days ago

Hi Cessquill. The website changed on Monday and the data is future dated I check daily for information Surrey and Hants for fibre runs and log them.

  • Blackmamba
  • 25 days ago

Yep, I noticed on Monday when I was checking around my area. I can no longer check for the future beyond two weeks without it prompting for an account.

I'm assuming that's OK, I was just used to selecting as far forward as possible. Noticed last week that there was a glitch with the interface, so guessed something was on its way...

  • Cessquill
  • 25 days ago

Hi cessquill.
I have been tracking the Fibre route between Alton, Bordon and Headley Down off this are many roadworks involving PON so I am able to check when the Post Codes are open and some all in Cabs standing remember some licences require three months as this causes many delays.

  • Blackmamba
  • 25 days ago

How do you know when your cabinet is activated? Do you just have to watch out for engineers hovering around it in bright orange vests? Or is there some other method that can be employed?

  • Spitfire400
  • 20 days ago

Hi Spitfire400.
Just use the Bt Checker each week and use the post codes that are close to the FTTC via the address section and this will give the services that are available plus status.

  • Blackmamba
  • 19 days ago

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