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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.


I'm on a Fibre First exchange, currently they have covered a good amount of the exchange area (overhead lines) however currently looking for a timeline for my part of the area and how quickly underground lines are being upgraded,

Looking forward to removing the VM shackles.

  • mlmclaren
  • 11 months ago

Premises connected or premises passed? We've had openreach fibre dangling from poles for three years now, but nothing live.

  • cyberdoyle
  • 11 months ago


Premises that can order FTTP.

  • jumpmum
  • 11 months ago

We Passed 2million first couple of days of december, pace is increasing and deploying in areas not listed yet, full steam ahead!

  • jonny4288
  • 11 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers. Until all 500+ ISP,s tie their D/Base (Post Code / addresses ) to the OFCom one the results will be out by up to 10%.

  • Blackmamba
  • 11 months ago

Ofcom only get given data every few months by providers, so you can have whole new areas of Virgin Media coverage and other providers that Ofcom has no info on for a good few months.

So tying orders to Ofcom rather than existing systems would be seriously retrograde

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 11 months ago

Do we have Actually serviced numbers ? Passing is barely half the story. While Available to order is obviously great, but i do wonder what the outlook is for those actually placing orders, There's potential for long delays when we hit the point where people really start to order in large numbers.

  • Swac3
  • 11 months ago


Page 26

"We have provided nearly 450k lines to date and are delivering over 5k a week and growing"

Graph shows around 95% on time delivery ( I think they have a 28day target) but we will only here about the failures.

  • jumpmum
  • 11 months ago

@thinkbroadband @jus_leese Premises passed. Bit of a con really.

  • @finalthirdfirst
  • comment via twitter
  • 11 months ago

It is not a con. It's clear from the state of the market that most people don't care about ultrafast. A roll-out that included hooking up every property as it was reached would be unnecessarily slow and expensive. BT are apparently hooking up those who actually want it within the quoted timescales.

The roll-out is doing a good job of laying the groundwork for future expansion and providing a service for the early adopters who want it. It needs to do no more.

  • AndrueC
  • 11 months ago


Totally agree, its not a con just an easy way to measure availability to order across the UK, there is probably going to be an up roar from some folk once copper starts to be withdrawn and properties are forced to full fibre (not everyone wants broadband). Some people won't be happy that they have to pay the electric costs to run the ONT or even to have an ONT in their home at all.

  • dect
  • 11 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
I agree with the above remarks but until the Post Codes (GPS position ) are registered in the correct colours on TBB maps EG (Black Fibre ) (Dark Green GFast) (Green 24 meg) and ( Amber/ Red under 10) which should correspond with OFCom/ Address file which also covers the squared sections the advertising will not be correct.

  • Blackmamba
  • 11 months ago

What do the Think Broadband maps have to do with advertising?

The comment about 500 ISPs needing to fix their databases was nonsense, they nearly all use Openreach's database for availability of access network, this is even weirder.

Haven't you noticed how similar so many checkers look and feel, down to layout and even font? They are literally showing output from Openreach.

No-one cares about postcodes. No-one cares about Ofcom's database, it's not what's used to ascertain availability or in advertising.

  • CarlThomas
  • 11 months ago

I wouldn't waste your time

  • steve14
  • 11 months ago

In typical bt style its a farce from start to finish, still stuck on a 8mbps fttc while VM has had 500mbps + for the last 20+ years!!
It's a sad time when a 4g router on a shelf gets 60+ Mbps at half the cost!

  • Borisvon
  • 10 months ago

VM has had 500 Mbps+ for the last 20+ years?

That's some fine work given 20 years ago they were only just starting to trial 0.5 Mbps and the equipment the customers connected to only had 2 * 155 Mbps links back to the rest of the VM network.

How is it a farce that more people than ever can get FTTP or is it your sole, personal availability that is the adjudicator of when things go from farce to awesome?

  • CarlThomas
  • 10 months ago

When I purchased this house 2017 in Llanelli, Wales, I checked to make sure it was scheduled for at least FTTC and according to Openreach then, it was. The line slowly got worse until even a simple phone call was a bit hit and miss. Contacting Openreach again late 2019, it seems the cabinet is now no longer scheduled for an upgrade, the road is running on a cabinet installed in 1936 with an early STD Strowger switch box next to it!
We were told we could pay to have the street upgraded ourselves. As they got paid by government already, not happening! We went for Three Mobile hub instead.

  • pbsolo
  • 10 months ago

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