December update on how fast Openreach is deploying FTTP
The roll-out of FTTP from Openreach continues and the weekly rate since our last report in November is running at 20,702 premises per week and the total we know about is 1,770,627 premises. This represents a jump in the rate compared to the previous month of 18,435 premises per week and does not include the new build postcodes that we've delayed for a couple of weeks.
- 477,048 premises via BDUK/gap funded or other rural intervention (increase of 7,123)
- 905,587 premises in Fibre First areas (increase of 75,976)
- 275,464 premises via New Build since January 2016 (increase of 2,477)
- 112,528 premises via commercial/old roll-out (increase of 3,149)
If there was not the Christmas and New Year break coming up we would predict our next report on 12th January to suggest a build rate in the 24,000 to 25,000 per week range as we add the extra work of running through the quarters new postcodes, but we will be taking a break for a few days, which may impact January figures. Similarly the teams working out in the cold and wet will be taking a break but the result of their Christmas break would likely only appear in the March figures.
At the end of September 2019 Openreach was saying 1.8 million premises of FTTP was built and we should break that figure before the end of December, the lag has two factors in it, the time it takes us to spot everything and the reality that Openreach FTTP can be built for a number of weeks before it appears available to order by the public. We believe the Openreach provided 1.8 million premises figure is what they've built and will include areas in the final commissioning phases.
With Openreach declaring a build rate of 23,000 premises per week as its 10 weeks since 1.8 million figure it looks likely that they've broken the 2 million premises point on their own internal tracking.