3 million premises passed by FTTP declared by Openreach
We updated with our figures for the last Monday on Sunday 12th and in the comments someone mentioned that Openreach was at a total 3 million premises. We have checked and this is the case with Openreach hitting the 3 million point on 8th July 2020.
This means that to reach the ambition of 4.5 million premises they need to consistently pass some 176,000 premises each month if to hit the target by 31st March 2021.
On Sunday we had 2,547,833 premises in our database for where Openreach FTTP is available and with the work done on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday has now risen to 2,564,354 premises. Thank you to the handful of people who have emailed with bits of new coverage that we have not added so far, both large and small. Our map showing where Openreach FTTP is deployed is updating every day at present given the number of new areas appearing rather than the older Fibre First incremental changes we have seen previously.
So while we are 440,000 premises behind the official figure, as we have now had two months at 130,000 and 140,000 additions which are the two highest months for build rate we are staying within our goal of being 8 to 10 weeks behind the official figures. The key now is to see our monthly reports get closer to the 176,000 figure and ideally exceed that to catch-up with what is happening on the ground.
The topic of premises passed always attracts questions so we want to make it clear that in our totals we are only counting postcodes where the majority of premises can actually order FTTP from an ISP that sells the Openreach service (for other FTTP operators the same criteria is applied). So for those who have have the connectorised blocks hanging from 'their' pole but service is not available you are not included in the totals yet. It is also worth pointing out that we do not count leased lines in our figures.