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Okehampton exchange now has over 3,000 premises with Openreach FTTP option

Back in October 2019 Openreach announced a list of 13 villages that would see extensive FTTP roll-outs and the Openreach teams and contractors have been busy building the networks in these locations. 

Okehampton has hit a milestone of reaching 75% coverage according to Openreach, and our tracking as of last night recorded FTTP coverage as 77%. The build is not complete an additional roughly 1,000 premises are set to be added to the total which will take the exchange area to almost total coverage. Openreach is saying they have made FTTP available to over 3,000 premises.

We’re making great progress here in Okehampton, and our Full Fibre build has continued despite the obvious challenges. As well as keeping people connected using our existing network, our engineers have continued building the new infrastructure to make sure that as lockdown restrictions ease, we can support families, businesses and the economic recovery.

I’d encourage everyone who can to upgrade to the new technology and take advantage of the many benefits. Full Fibre is more reliable and more resilient, meaning fewer faults and more predictable, consistent speeds. It’s also ‘future-proof’ as we expect it to easily meet the growing data demands of future technologies for decades to come.

Connie Dixon, Openreach’s Regional Partnership Director in the South West

The latest postcodes are of course in our checkers and on our maps, though highest zoom level is still rendering so one or two dots for postcodes may be missing in the Okehampton area.

Okehampton is just one of the original 13 Fibre Town/Village trial areas the Openreach FTTP coverage levels for these follow:

  • Cranfield 81.89%
  • Flockton 85.78%
  • Hesketh Bank 67.19%
  • Kentford 81.75%
  • Lingfield 60.29%
  • Lundin Links 57.75%
  • Mickle Trafford 69.76%
  • Okehampton 77.73%
  • Ottery St Mary 38.6%
  • Parbold 91.34%
  • Seal 72.32%
  • Tarpoley 89.21%
  • West Calder 73.03%

One of the changes in the roll-out has been the addition of active hardware for FTTP deeper into the network, i.e. until recently the Openreach GPON FTTP roll-out was passive between the headend exchange and customer premises. Deploying active hardware e.g. mini OLT units can help extend the reach of the GPON network and allow for more PON's (each serves 32 properties) while using a single fibre. The use of a single previously available fibre to serve something like 500 premises means there is scope to borrow power from an existing VDSL2 cabinet and one of its spare fibres, thus avoiding the need for new spine cabling in some cases.

Nokia mini OLT
First Nokia mini OLT deployed in a green cabinet (PCP) side pod on the Lingfield exchange.


So close yet so far, hopefully Hatherleigh (7 miles away) will be done in the near future :)

  • Storm_Force
  • 7 months ago

Would be interesting to know what is on the backend single fibre running back to the headend exchange, e.g. 100GigE?

  • MaryHinge
  • 7 months ago


More likely to be 10Gb but may use up to 40Gb where demand is higher. Can support 16 normal PONs or 4 XGS PONs so 512 or 128 customer capacity. (Normal PON 2Gb XGS 10Gb and I think you can mix and match so 1 XGS and 12 normal etc).

see for outline specs

  • jumpmum
  • 6 months ago

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