2,000,000 premises milestone reached in our tracking of Openreach full fibre
Openreach has declared a figure well past the two million premises point (2.156 million), but this is believed to include premises where everything has been built but is awaiting the final checks before getting flagged as live and thus available to order.
Our tracking of where the public can order full fibre over the Openreach network is sat as we write this at 2,000,185 premises passed and our maps have the postcodes covering these premises on them.
We would have expected to reach the two million point a few days earlier, but several things have conspired such that we are only finding around 2,000 premises a day rather than the 3,500 we had got used to. One of these is that our work on final checking for the quarters new build premises is underway and while we are still finding some new build FTTP it is at smaller volumes than a few week ago and blocks of new FTTP under the Fibre First and Fibre Town/Village project seem to be much harder to find. One distinct possibility is that we seeing a dip in build activity due to the Christmas break, blaming this in February may seem odd, but based on the limited number of reports of build activity versus people actually being able to order a period of six to eight weeks from build to actual live and people can place orders looks about right.