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Openreach announces largest yet FTTP build for final third of UK

More detail on the Openreach 3.2 million rural premises build is now available as Openreach has published its press release.

The key point to take up on board is that the 3.2 million are not just in the standard 20% of the UK considered rural but are part of the wider final third which is much more vague definition. 

Earlier today we had no idea where the 3.2 million would actually be, but there is an updated Fibre Village/Town list that adds the new areas and the full list of 565 villages is at the end of this article in alphabetical order. The list does include places like Lingfield and Seal where the builds are already underway and some people have live service and many more have FTTP as an option now. Your village or town being on the list is no guarantee they will build to you, but would suggest it represents an 80 to 90% probability you will see FTTP available to order as a standard service in the next three years.

Update 3pm There is a shorter list of 251 areas added after the long list at the bottom area that is the 251 areas mentioned in the Openreach press release. We have left the exchange to area mapping in place for this list.

There will be further expansions of the list of towns and villages, as time passes just like we have seen with the urban Fibre First programme, and as the lists are public other providers who want to avoid overbuild will at least have some warning that an area is set to Openreach build FTTP there in some volume.

This year we’ve all seen the importance of having a decent broadband connection and at Openreach, we’re convinced that Full Fibre technology can underpin the UK’s economic recovery.

Right now, we’re building a new, ultra-reliable full-fibre network that will boost productivity, cut commuting and carbon emissions, and connect our families, public services and businesses for decades to come. It’s Ofcom’s proposals that give us the right conditions to build commercially in hardest to reach areas.

We’re determined to find inventive engineering solutions and effective partnership funding models to reduce costs and enable us to connect as many communities as possible across the UK without public subsidy.

Openreach is leading the charge to help Government achieve its target of making gigabit capable networks available nationwide by 2025. And we hope that by publishing our own plans, we can help ensure that taxpayers only fund connections in communities that really need public support.

Clive Selley, Openreach CEO

There is no doubt that additional information on the roll-out plans from Openreach will help the Government refine its plans for the £5 billion and if there ever is a quiet period in the next year we intend to do our own crystal ball on what the FTTP and Gigabit landscape will look like once announcements like this are fully built and combine this with the known plans from other operators such as the CityFibre Gigabit city programme. Hopefully though there will not actually be a quiet period as we will be too busy tracking all the FTTP that has gone live.

The Fibre First and Fibre Village/Town lists are not the only places that Openreach is building FTTP to in the next few years, there is of course numerous new build properties and the later phases of the BDUK projects, but also we are almost daily finding estates built in the last 20 to 25 years where Openreach has deployed FTTP as part of an unnamed retrofit programme. The scale of what we have found will be reported on in our monthly Openreach roundup on 12th August. Since 12th July we have found almost as much Openreach FTTP that is built and available to order that we were finding in full months prior to May 2020, so the pace of build has clearly increased and will continue to do so as the 4.5 million FTTP premises passed deadline of 31st March 2021 looms ever closer.

List of 565 Towns and Villages Openreach is set to build FTTP to in the next 3 years. This longer list includes previously announced areas where the builds are already underway. Underneath this long list is a table of the latest 251 areas along with the exchange name.

Abbey Village 
Abercwmboi 
Abercynon 
Aberdare 
Abergavenny 
Abernant 
Aberystwyth 
Aghagallon 
Aghalee 
Ahoghill 
Alloa 
Alnwick 
Althorne 
Alton 
Alva 
Annahilt 
Annalong 
Anstruther 
Ardglass 
Ardrossan 
Armoy 
Asheldham 
Askern 
Attleborough 
Atwick 
Auchinleck 
Aughnacloy 
Aviemore 
Ballinamallard 
Ballycarry 
Ballycastle 
Ballygally 
Ballygawley 
Ballyhalbert 
Ballykinler 
Ballyronan 
Ballywalter 
Banbury 
Banff 
Bangor 
Barnoldswick 
Barnton 
Barrow-In-Furness 
Beaminster 
Beamish 
Beddau 
Bedwas 
Belhaven 
Bellaghy 
Bellanaleck 
Belper 
Berthengam 
Bessbrook 
Besthorpe 
Betchworth 
Bexhill 
Bideford 
Bidford on Avon 
Billinghurst 
Bishopsteignton 
Bodmin 
Bognor Regis 
Booths Hill 
Bordon 
Borough Green 
Bourne 
Box Hill 
Breedon on the Hill 
Breich 
Bridgwater 
Bridlington 
Brinscall 
Brixham 
Brockham 
Broughshane 
Brynford 
Brynmawr 
Buckfastleigh 
Buckie 
Buckley 
Buckpool 
Budleigh 
Bumble's Green 
Bungay 
Burnham on Crouch 
Burnham-On-Sea 
Burry Port 
Burscough 
Burton On Trent 
Bushmills 
Buxton 
Caeathro 
Caernarfon 
Caerphilly 
Caerwrie 
Caister-On-Sea 
Calder Vale 
Camelford 
Camlough 
Campbeltown 
Cannock 
Canterbury 
Capel Hendre 
Carmel (Crosshands)
Carmel (Holywell)
Carrickmore 
Castledawson 
Castlederg 
Castlerock 
Castlewellan 
Cefn-Coed-Cymer 
Cefn-Y-Bedd 
Cefneithin 
Cellardyke 
Chapel En Le Frith 
Charlemont 
Chawton 
Cheddar 
Chester Le Street 
Chester South 
Chippenham 
Chudleigh 
Church Village 
Cirencester 
Clackmannan 
Claudy 
Clifton 
Clifton Reynes 
Clitheroe 
Cloughmills 
Coalisland 
Cockenzie and Port Seton 
Codicote 
Colaton Raleigh 
Coleshill 
Colliers Hatch 
Colwyn Bay 
Congleton 
Connahs Quay 
Conwy 
Copythorne 
Cowie 
Cranfield 
Crediton 
Creswell 
Croft 
Crook Howden-Le-Wear 
Cross Hands 
Cross Hills 
Cross Keys 
Crossgar 
Crossmaglen 
Croston 
Crowborough 
Crumlin 
Cuddington 
Cullingworth 
Cullybackey 
Cultcheth 
Cumnock 
Cushendall 
Cutlers Green 
Cwm 
Cwmbach 
Cwmgwili 
Dafen 
Dalmellington 
Dalry(Ayr) 
Dalton-In-Furness 
Dartmouth 
Daventry 
Davington 
Dawlish 
Deal 
Deganwy 
Delamere Park 
Denbigh 
Dereham 
Derrygonnelly 
Dervock 
Ditchingham 
Donaghcloney 
Donaghmore 
Dorchester 
Downham Market 
Draperstown 
Draycott Park 
Drefach 
Dromara 
Dromore 
Dumfries 
Dunbar 
Dundrum 
Dungiven 
Earsham 
East Grinstead 
East Rainton 
Eastry 
Eccleston 
Elgin 
Ellon 
Ely 
Emberton 
Embsay 
Evesham 
Exmouth 
Falmouth 
Fauldhouse 
Faversham 
Feeny 
Felbridge 
Ferndale 
Ffynongroyw 
Filey 
Findhorn 
Findochty 
Fintona 
Fivemiletown 
Fleetwood 
Flint 
Flockton 
Forest Row 
Forkhill 
Forres 
Fraserburgh 
Frodsham 
Furzeham 
Gainsborough 
Galashiels 
Galston 
Garnedd 
Garstang 
Garvagh 
Georgetown 
Gerrards Cross 
Gilford 
Gillingham 
Girvan 
Glenavy 
Glinton 
Glossop 
Godalming 
Goldthorpe 
Gorsedd 
Great Ellingham 
Greenbank 
Greyabbey 
Gronant 
Hambleton 
Harrington 
Hartford 
Haslemere 
Hatfield 
Haverhill 
Hawick 
Hawkhurst 
Haywards Heath 
Heatley 
Hednesford 
Helpston 
Henley In Arden 
Henllan 
Henlow 
Hereford 
Herne Bay 
Hesketh Bank 
Heybridge 
High Green 
Highbridge 
Higher Brixham 
Hillsborough 
Hilltown 
Hockley Heath 
Holmhead 
Holybourne 
Holywell 
Hope 
Horncastle 
Hornsea 
Horsham 
Houghton Le Spring 
Hullbridge 
Hunstanton 
Ightham 
Ilfracombe 
Ilminster 
Inverurie 
Irby 
Irvinestown 
Isle of Portland 
Keady 
Kells 
Kelso 
Kelty 
Kendal 
Kentford 
Kilkeel 
Killyleagh 
Kilrea 
Kilsyth 
Kilwinning 
Kincardine 
Kings Lynn 
Kingsbridge 
Kingsdown 
Kingsley 
Kinloss 
Kinmel Bay 
Kirkburton 
Knockmill 
Knott End-On-Sea 
Knottingley 
Knowle 
Lamerton 
Lanark 
Lapworth 
Latchingdon 
Laurelvale 
Lavendon 
Leabrooks 
Leasingham 
Leek 
Lennoxtown 
Leominster 
Lewes 
Lingfield 
Lisbellaw 
Liskeard 
Lisnaskea 
Little Stoke 
Llanbradach 
Llandudno 
Llanedi 
Llanelli 
Llanharan 
Llannon 
Llanrug 
Llantrisant 
Llantwit Fardre 
Llwydcoed 
Longridge 
Longridge 
Lossiemouth 
Ludlow 
Lundin Links 
Lymm 
Lynton 
Lytham 
Maghaberry 
Maghera 
Magheralin 
Magheramason 
Maguiresbridge 
Maldon 
Malton 
Malvern 
Market Drayton 
Markethill 
Matlock 
Maxwellheugh 
Maxwelltown 
Melbourne 
Menheniot 
Menstrie 
Merthyr Tydfil 
Mickle Trafford 
Middlewich 
Millisle 
Millom 
Milton of Campsie 
Minster 
Miskin 
Moira 
Moneymore 
Morpeth 
Mostyn 
Motcombe 
Mountain Ash 
Nantwich 
Nazeing 
Neston 
Netherthird 
Netherton 
Newton Poppleford 
Newtownbutler 
Newtownstewart 
North Weald 
Northam 
Northwich 
Okehampton 
Olney 
Otley 
Ottery St Mary 
Oughtrington 
Overton 
Painters Forstal 
Parbold 
Peebles 
Pembrey 
Pen-y-fford 
Pendleton 
Penicuik 
Penn 
Penrhos 
Penrith 
Penryn 
Penygroes 
Peterhead 
Pickering 
Pittenweem 
Platt 
Pontardulais 
Pontsticill 
Pontyclun 
Portaferry 
Portavogie 
Portglenone 
Portishead 
Poulton-Le-Fylde 
Preesall 
Prestatyn 
Prestonpans 
Pwllheli 
Queenborough 
Queenzieburn 
Randalstown 
Rasharkin 
Rathfriland 
Rayleigh 
Reddish 
Rhosllanerchrugog 
Rhuddlan 
Rhyl 
Rhymney 
Richill 
Ringwould 
Ripple 
Rochford 
Rostrevor 
Rufford Mawdesley 
Saint Hill Green 
Saltcoats 
Salterton 
Sandbach 
Sandiway 
Sandwich 
Sauchie 
Saxmundham 
Scarborough 
Seaford 
Seal 
Seamill 
Selby 
Selkirk 
Settle 
Sevenoaks 
Sevenoaks Weald 
Shaftesbury 
Shaldon 
Sheering 
Sheerness 
Shefford 
Sheldwich 
Skelmersdale 
Skipton 
Sleaford 
Somercoates 
South Elmsall 
South Kirkby 
South Lynn 
South Molton 
South Queensferry 
Southminster 
Sprouston 
St Cleer 
St Keyne 
St Michael's 
St. Annes 
Stainforth 
Stamford 
Steeple 
Stevenston 
Stone 
Stonehaven 
Stonehouse 
Strangford 
Stratford On Avon 
Stratton on the Fosse 
Stroud 
Swadlincote 
Swanick 
Swatragh 
Swiss Valley 
Tadcaster 
Tandragee 
Tarporley 
Tarvin 
Taunton 
Tavistock 
Teignmouth 
Templepatrick 
Tenterden 
Tewkesbury 
The Burren 
Thirsk 
Thurcroft 
Thurso 
Tiverton 
Toftwood 
Tonteg 
Toome 
Towcester 
Tranent 
Trumpsgreen 
Truro 
Tumbe 
Tweedbank 
Tylorstown 
Tywyn 
Upton 
Upwey 
Verwood 
Virginia Water 
Waddington 
Walney 
Walton 
Waringstown 
Warrenpoint 
Wateringbury 
Watton 
Wattstown 
Welshpool 
Wentworth 
West Ashby 
West Bradgord 
West Calder 
West Kilbride 
West Kingsdown 
West Rainton 
Weston Underwood 
Weymouth 
Whalley 
Wheelton 
Whitby 
Whitehead 
Whitstable 
Whitwell 
Wickersley 
Willington 
Wilsden 
Winnington 
Winsford 
Winsford (Somerset) 
Winteringham 
Winterton 
Withernsea 
Withnell 
Wootton Wawen 
Workington 
Worth 
Wrington 
Wrotham 
Wymondham 
Yeovil 
Yr Hendy 

List of 251 areas specific to the Openreach press release.

Exchange Locations
Aberconwy 3 Conwy
Deganwy 
Tywyn
Abercynon 1 Abercynon
Abergavenny 1 Abergavenny
Aberystwyth 1 Aberystwyth
Alloa 3 Alloa
Sauchie
Clackmannan
Alnwick 1 Alnwick
Alva 2 Alva
Menstrie
Ardrossan 3 Ardrossan
Saltcoats
Stevenston
Askern 1 Askern
Aviemore 1 Aviemore
Banbury 1 Banbury
Banff 1 Banff
Bangor 2 Bangor
Penrhos Garnedd
Barnoldswick 1 Barnoldswick
Barrow-In -Furness 1 Barrow-In -Furness
Beamish 1 Beamish
Belper 1 Belper
Bexhill 1 Bexhill
Bideford 2 Bideford
Northam
Blyth 1 Blyth
Bodmin Moor 1 Bodmin
Bourne 1 Bourne
Bridgwater 1 Bridgwater
Bridlington 1 Bridlington
Brynmawr 1 Brynmawr
Buckie 3 Buckie
Findochty
Buckpool
Burnham-On-Sea 2 Burnham-On-Sea
Highbridge
Burton On Trent 1 Burton On Trent
Buxton 1 Buxton
Caernarfon 3 Caernarfon
Caeathro
Llanrug
Caerphilly 3 Caerphilly
Bedwas
Llanbradach
Caister-On-Sea 1 Caister-On-Sea
Campbeltown 1 Campbeltown
Cannock 1 Cannock
Canterbury 1 Canterbury
Chapel En Le Frith 1 Chapel En Le Frith
Chester Le Street 1 Chester Le Street
Chippenham 1 Chippenham
Cirencester 1 Cirencester
Colwyn Bay 1 Colwyn Bay
Crediton 1 Crediton
Cross Hills 1 Cross Hills
Cross Keys 1 Cross Keys
Crowborough 1 Crowborough
Cullingworth 2 Cullingworth
Wilsden
Cumnock 4 Cumnock
Auchinleck
Netherthird
Holmhead
Cwm 1 Cwm
Dalmellington 1 Dalmellington
Dalry(Ayr) 1 Dalry(Ayr)
Dalton-In-Furness 1 Dalton-In-Furness
Dartmouth 1 Dartmouth
Daventry 1 Daventry
Dawlish 1 Dawlish
Dorchester 1 Dorchester
Dumfries 3 Dumfries
Maxwelltown
Georgetown
Dunbar 2 Dunbar
Belhaven
Evesham 1 Evesham
Exmouth 1 Exmouth
Falmouth 1 Falmouth
Fauldhouse 3 Fauldhouse
Breich
Longridge
Ferndale 3 Ferndale
 Tylorstown
Wattstown
Filey 1 Filey
Forres 1 Forres
Fraserburgh 1 Fraserburgh
Gainsborough 1 Gainsborough
Galashiels 2 Galashiels
Tweedbank
Galston 1 Galston
Girvan 1 Girvan
Glossop 1 Glossop
Godalming 1 Godalming
Goldthorpe 1 Goldthorpe
Great Wakering 1 Great Wakering
Harrington 1 Harrington
Hartford 4 Hartford
Greenbank
Winnington
Barnton
Haslemere 1 Haslemere
Hatfield Woodhouse 2 Hatfield
Stainforth
Haverhill Town 1 Haverhill
Hawick 1 Hawick
Haywards Heath 1 Haywards Heath
Hednesford 1 Hednesford
Hereford 1 Hereford
Herne Bay 1 Herne Bay
High Green 1 High Green
Horncastle 2 Horncastle
West Ashby
Horsham 1 Horsham
Houghton Le Spring 3 Houghton Le Spring
West Rainton
East Rainton
Hullbridge 1 Hullbridge
Hunstanton 1 Hunstanton
Ilfracombe 1 Ilfracombe
Irby 1 Irby
Kendal 1 Kendal
Kilsyth 2 Kilsyth
Queenzieburn
Kilwinning 1 Kilwinning
Kincardine 1 Kincardine
Kings Lynn 2 Kings Lynn
South Lynn
Knottingley 1 Knottingley
Leabrooks 3 Leabrooks
Somercoates
Swanick
Leek 1 Leek
Lennoxtown 2 Lennoxtown
Milton of Campsie
Leominster 1 Leominster
Lewes 1 Lewes
Llandudno 1 Llandudno
Llanelli 3 Llanelli
Swiss Valley
Dafen
Llantrisant 4 Llantrisant
Pontyclun
Llanharan
Miskin
Lossiemouth 1 Lossiemouth
Ludlow 1 Ludlow
Lytham 1 Lytham
Maldon 2 Maldon
Heybridge
Malton 1 Malton
Malvern 1 Malvern
Market Drayton 1 Market Drayton
Matlock 1 Matlock
Millom 1 Millom
Morpeth 1 Morpeth
Mountain Ash 2 Mountain Ash
Abercwmboi
Nantwich 1 Nantwich
Newtown Llantwit 4 Llantwit Fardre
Beddau
Church Village
Tonteg
Northwich 1 Northwich
Otley 1 Otley
Penrith 1 Penrith
Penryn 1 Penryn
Peterhead 1 Peterhead
Pickering 1 Pickering
Portishead 1 Portishead
Portland 1 Isle of Portland
Poulton 1 Poulton-Le-Fylde
Prestonpans - Port Seton 2 Prestonpans
Cockenzie and Port Seton
Pwllheli 1 Pwllheli
Rayleigh 1 Rayleigh
Rhosllanerchrugog 1 Rhosllanerchrugog
Rhuddlan 1 Rhuddlan
Rhyl 2 Rhyl
Kinmel Bay
Rhymney 1 Rhymney
Rochford 1 Rochford
Sandbach 1 Sandbach
Scarborough 1 Scarborough
Seaford 1 Seaford
Selby 1 Selby
Selkirk 1 Selkirk
Settle 1 Settle
Skelmersdale 1 Skelmersdale
Skipton 2 Skipton
Embsay
Sleaford 2 Sleaford
Leasingham
South Elmsall 3 South Elmsall
South Kirkby
Upton
South Molton 1 South Molton
South Queensferry 1 South Queensferry
St. Annes 1 St. Annes
Stamford 1 Stamford
Stonehaven 2 Stonehaven
Cowie
Stratford On Avon 1 Stratford On Avon
Stroud 1 Stroud
Swadlincote 1 Swadlincote
Teignmouth 2 Teignmouth
Bishopsteignton
Tewkesbury 1 Tewkesbury
Thirsk 1 Thirsk
Thurso 1 Thurso
Towcester 1 Towcester
Truro 1 Truro
Upwey 1 Upwey
Walney 1 Walney
Welshpool 1 Welshpool
West Kilbride 2 West Kilbride
Seamill
Weymouth 1 Weymouth
Whalley 1 Whalley
Whitby 1 Whitby
Whitstable 1 Whitstable
Whitwell 2 Whitwell
Creswell
Wickersley 2 Wickersley
Thurcroft
Workington 1 Workington
Yeovil 1 Yeovil
Codicote 1 Codicote
Gerrards Cross 1 Gerrards Cross
Kingsbridge 1 Kingsbridge
Connahs Quay 1 Connahs Quay
Cullompton 1 Cullompton
Lynton 1 Lynton
Taunton 1 Taunton
Kelty 1 Kelty
Penicuik 1 Penicuik
Peebles 1 Peebles
Tranent 1 Tranent
Willington 1 Willington
Elgin 1 Elgin
Ellon 1 Ellon
Inverurie 1 Inverurie
Bognor Regis 1 Bognor Regis
Buckley 1 Buckley
Lanark 1 Lanark
Ilminster 1 Ilminster
Winsford 1 Winsford

Comments

Not exactly rural then!

  • galacticz00
  • 7 days ago

If this is the ‘final third’ then what about the Towns and Villages that aren’t showing? I’ve not seen anything for my local exchange area meaning it’s already done (in which case OR have either decided not to go any further than the very few properties able to get FTTH/FTTP) or the picture is incomplete? Postcode checkers aren’t providing any data either.

Exchange area - Sandy

  • MercuryRH
  • 7 days ago

"largest yet FTTP build for final third" - key word being yet, suggesting more is to come and that might be Openreach or others.

30 million premises, 1/3rd is 10 million so 3.2 million is just a 1/3rd of the 1/3rd

There will be more places announced over time, i.e. the long list is not the full 3.2 million yet. A lot will depend on how quickly they can get things built

The list has only just come out so expecting checkers to show planned is very premature.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 7 days ago

Andrew you have Carmel twice in the list any definition on which Carmel these are as there appear to be many in Wales! ( Or is it a typo)

  • jumpmum
  • 7 days ago

Carmel on Crosshands exchange and Carmel on Holywell exchange (how many more are there)

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 7 days ago

Thanks, several more, next biggest is up by Caernarfon, one in Powys, others in Ceredigion and Glamorgan may be local names for Capel Carmel.

  • jumpmum
  • 7 days ago

I see Banbury is on the list. That's where our VDSL service comes from, I don't suppose that means that Brackley might be included there?

  • AndrueC
  • 7 days ago

Brackley is its own exchange, so would appear on the list if it was in this wave.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 7 days ago

Sock, Hereford and even Leominster is on that list, wow. I presume that just because the Exchange is FTTP, don't mean that everyone off that exchange will get FTTP or if they can it will be at great cost, not that I am bothered, I am fine with what I have got. 3years is still a fair distance away, anything could happen between now and then

  • zyborg47
  • 7 days ago

The coverage levels seem to be heading into the 70% and higher from the existing Fibre Village exchanges, so might not get to everyone but will be most likely high levels of coverage.

On the great cost, unless you have a 300 metre long drive and need poles on your land, i.e. cable is currently directly buried then extra cost is unlikely. Things like using a cheaper 3rd party firm to install the blue draw ropes en-masse is helping a lot.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 7 days ago

Suggests there's going to be a lot of towns stuck in the middle then (I see that Buckingham isn't on the list either). Brackley got VDSL and G.FAST pretty early so I'd assumed we'd be in the next tranche.

I'm intrigued about the exchange. When VDSL was being rolled out the openreach spreadsheets listed the upgrade exchange for us as being Banbury (I forget the nomenclature) so my understanding was that the Banbury exchange was too small and was only being used for voice and ADSL.

Anyway time will tell, personally I'm more than happy with my VDSL.

  • AndrueC
  • 7 days ago

AndrueC

The exchange is only named to cover the geographical area, it doesn't mean that any of the Fibre will terminate there. It is highly likely that the FTTP will come from the same actual exchange as the FTTC rather than the local exchange, eg Banbury for Brackley. Some FTTP already exists in the north of Brackley. https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/index.php?tab=2&election=1#15/52.0405/-1.1414/geafttp/

  • jumpmum
  • 7 days ago

Strange that Irby would be listed separately when it should be part of the main Wirral Fibre First rollout.

  • _Mike_B_
  • 7 days ago

@jumpmum, yes. There's a typo in my previous message. It's the /Brackley/ exchange that is small whereas Banbury exchange is a large multi-storey block. It makes a lot of sense for openreach to serve us from Banbury with a likely end game of decommissioning Brackley exchange if/when the copper network is retired.

  • AndrueC
  • 7 days ago

Brackley: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2346483
Banbury: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4492750

I know which one I'd be retiring if the opportunity arose and it's not difficult to get fibre services to a town 12 miles down a main road :)

  • AndrueC
  • 7 days ago

Have they literally just changed nearly everything on the list to in progress? :)

  • kjwkjw
  • 7 days ago

@andrew, I expect it will go mainly to the larger estates and the main town centre, saying that where I live is a pretty large estate.
At the end of the day it will still cost to have it installed and unless they dangle the fibre from telephone poles they will have to dig to get it to my house. Not that I am that bothered as I have said before I am fine with what I have got as long as it is reliable and that is the thing. FTTc is fine for most people, but OR needs to maintain the network they have and maybe replace some copper wires that have been hanging around for 60 yeasrs or more.

  • zyborg47
  • 6 days ago

If the coverage in the Fibre Village exchanges is 70% or so, isn't there a risk that the remainder will be small groups of properties that become impossibly expensive to build to? - in the same way that some BDUK schemes created small groups of properties left out of FTTC builds that are too small for CFP schemes to address.

  • sheephouse
  • 5 days ago

openreach told me fttp should be ready to order by june 2021 in lincoln, though i never saw anything announced for it

  • smokeymacpot
  • 5 days ago

Suffolk pretty much ignored as usual.

  • professor973
  • 5 days ago

Bynea in Llanelli overlooked again. It's not acceptable, Open Reach is not untouchable and it's time to get the correct people involved.

Having an email saying we are not financially a place that would get an upgrade a few years back and now we missed out on funding. Someone needs to look in to the nuts and bolts of this.

  • SteveE76
  • 4 days ago

No public money involved in this 3.2 million.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 4 days ago

steve E76 so brnea appears to be a tiny village in wales , so have you contact superfast crymru (which would be your normal course of action around broadband or is they fact that welsh programme has not covered you that seems to be the issue

  • fastman
  • 3 days ago

Fastman / SteveE76
Bryea has already been covered by Superfast Cymru to provide FTTC to the area. It is unlikely to get anymore subsidy spent on it when many other areas of Wales still only have ADSL.

See "https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/index.php?tab=2&election=1#15/51.6702/-4.0979/uso/openreach/"

  • jumpmum
  • 3 days ago

  • Middlefield
  • 2 days ago

It appears that Openreach's definition of "rural" does not include villages of 300-3,500 people. If such communities are to omitted from the "final third" on FTTP what solution is to be offered as an alternative? Currently, FTTC in many of these areas is marred by old infrastructure like steel and aluminium cabling. Will this infrastructure be replaced as an alternative to FTTP?

  • Middlefield
  • 2 days ago

This is a joke. They have installed fibre in my village and when I ask to get connected they say I can't because I am connected direct to the exchange. When I ask for fttp they say it isn't cost effective for them to do it. But they will say my whole village has been fibre upgraded fudging the figures.
Very disillusioned with the whole thing.

  • Geo65
  • 2 days ago

@Geo65 I empathise with your position but your premises will not be included in BT's figures, only those that can get the speeds/technology being counted would be included.

  • ian72
  • 2 days ago

Ge065 you say fibre enabled - FTTC or FTTP if FTTc that means cabinet enabled but likely that EO (exchnage only not covered) -- odd if FTTP. Suggest you look at doing a CFP for those premises that are in same situation as you . they are easily identifed on BT Wholesale checker as they will show as being connected to exchange Name rather that ecxhange name and cabinet number eg Toytown or toytown 22

  • fastman
  • 2 days ago

Hum No Adwick-le-street I see, yet Askern is on the list. Both North Doncaster area. Yet again North Doncaster is in the black hole when it comes to FTTH.
It's the same with City fibre In Doncaster. Every is to be covered with the exception of North Doncaster.Sigh...

  • jossmer
  • 1 day ago

Cityfibre are not covering all Doncaster suburbs .

I’m in auckley and it’s not being installed here. Think it’s going as far as bessacarr / cantley which has recently had openreach FTTP . Not too fused though as already have fttp ( new build estate )

  • ddean83
  • about 22 hours ago

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