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Full fibre from Openreach small village trials appearing

Of the 13 villages forming part of a 50,000 rural full fibre build funded commercially we can report that we have found two areas where full fibre is now ready to order, and of course is in our package searches.

The two villages where FTTP is appearing already are West Calder and Kentford. More areas do have some FTTP available but was pre-existing to the announcement and likely to have been via the local authority BDUK project.

  • Cranfield - build appears to have started
  • West Calder - first bits of FTTP have gone live
  • Flockton - build appears to have started
  • Hesketh Bank
  • Kentford - first bits of FTTP have gone live
  • Lingfield - surveys are showing up
  • Lundin Links - build appears to have started
  • Mickle Trafford - build appears to have started
  • Okehampton - build appears to have started
  • Ottery St Mary
  • Parbold
  • Seal - build appears to have started
  • Tarporley - build appears to have started

Of course people living locally will have a much better idea of what is happening, so if you have any updates on this let everyone know in the comments or email us.

50,000 premises of FTTP is of course just a small part of the UK wide picture, but it all adds up, on Saturday morning as part of our weekly updates the labs.thinkbroadband.com/local stats site was showing full fibre coverage at 10.14% and as we write this news item our internal figure is running at 10.17%.

Comments

@thinkbroadband ok how do i sign my village up :)

  • @jchannon
  • comment via twitter
  • 28 days ago

  • pwhaddon
  • 28 days ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
There are many Post Codes across Surrey and Hants that are not showing fibre is available they may have been located on the Saturday run.

  • Blackmamba
  • 28 days ago

Surrey and Hants are rather large areas to find random postcodes with full fibre, so an exchange or village name would help.

Or email with the actual postcodes people know about.

For those not aware @Blackmamba does watch very closely and in the past the phrase many has turned out to be half a dozen postcodes out of hundreds that we had to sift through

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 28 days ago

andrew - emailed you a postcode for VM in Weston-super-Mare. Not seeing it on the map yet.

  • Somerset
  • 27 days ago

Not seen any emails for Weston Super Mare

Some by hand searching and have found some virgin bits in the Worle area

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 27 days ago

Across this lot you can count 113 subsidised BDUK cabinets and 16 commercially cabinets.
Does the wonders of BT Group's gap funding model mean full fibre in a village needs to have benefited from subsidised FTTC? I guess fibre path from the HO will be handy.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 26 days ago

Some Weston Super Mare virgin cable will appear tonight.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 26 days ago

Seale in Surrey ?

That’s had FTTP for a good while. Maybe not 100%, but a fair bit.

  • Zarjaz
  • 26 days ago

The work in Hesketh Bank has been happening at a frenzied pace for the past few weeks.

They seem to be pretty close to going live.

  • AnthonyBEarles
  • 26 days ago

Hi Broadband Watcher and Openreach. Phone.
The Exchange Area of Bordon, Headley Down has a few Post Codes that are not showing Black the most important one is Gu102QQ as these customers were terminated on the old 24/4 Cab. Connection.
This post code is served by two Cabs one on Frensham Pond (12) and one on Headley Down (3) the one on Frensham is not fibre yet.
New build site In Bordon not showing black off the new road.

  • Blackmamba
  • 26 days ago

Note no one postcode is more important than any other. Also no need for a history lesson, just need postcode to point in the right direction.

Vague descriptions of new road in Bordon are an example of saying a lot but helping little.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 26 days ago

NDSEA Seal in Kent

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 26 days ago

Ah yes, no E at the end .....

  • Zarjaz
  • 26 days ago

At a guess VFM any subsidised backhaul makes the commercial case for FTTP viable.

Kinda the point of gap funding. Making commercial investment viable where it wasn't before.

  • CarlThomas
  • 25 days ago

balkmamaba -- New build site In Bordon not showing black off the new road. who ever said it was FTTP anyway !!!!!

  • fastman
  • 23 days ago

Hi Fast. I Will be visiting the new build site this week at Bordon sales department and this will confirm that fibre is at the site there is also missing fibre on Cab 6 in the area of Kingsley main road to Alton missing on TBB maps ( Post Codes).

  • Blackmamba
  • 20 days ago

At least some of those "villages" look more like small towns.

  • michaelkenward
  • 20 days ago

We were told back in April that some EO lines left out of FTTC would get FTTP by August 2020.

A check a few days ago revealed that this village, specific line checks, is showing as FTTP in progress.

Exchange is Smallburgh, I live in Dilham close by - in Norfolk.

I will believe it when I see it, though.

HTH.

  • Dodman
  • 20 days ago

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