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67 more locations added to Openreach Fibre First programme

The Fibre First programme from Openreach building large amounts of FTTP in various exchange areas has just got a big bigger with the announcement of 67 new locations.

Prior to today and based on our figures from 12th September the Fibre Cities part of the build covered 3.36 million premises with 1.62 million already covered by the FTTP so far. The Fibre Villages list has potential size of 2.35 million premises but has a much lower number of premises built to so far 0.21 million. These figures do not include the 94 rural towns and villages in Northern Ireland announced in July - integration of those into our Fibre Villages footprint stated on Monday.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic we’re continuing to make great strides towards our goal to build ultrafast, ultra-reliable broadband to 20 million homes and businesses.

This new digital platform can help the UK’s economy bounce back quicker from the Covid-19 crisis and, whilst a full recovery is likely to be measured in years rather than months, there’s strong evidence that Full Fibre broadband could help to turbo-charge that process.

For homes, shops, GP surgeries and schools across the country it will mean fewer broadband faults, faster connections, and a consistent reliable network that will serve them for decades to come.

Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach

The Fibre First programme now covers some 560 different areas of the UK and that is why it takes us a few weeks to cycle between the various areas and add the newly built coverage to our maps and checkers. FTTP is not solely appearing in those areas, there is of course some rural builds happening via BDUK contracts that are still running, new build premises and re-visiting new build estates that were built with copper originally.

Love or hate Openreach the Fibre First programme does mean they are fastest builder of FTTP in the UK and with the ambition to pass 20 million premises by the mid to late 2020's they are aiming for the largest FTTP footprint.

A lot of criticism is aimed at Openreach over its focus on its premises passed figures, but they do publish the figures for the number of premises connected each quarter. The reality is that you cannot connect a property until it has been passed and short of forcing everyone to order a service the demand for the service will vary according to the speeds someone can already get, what options they have and what they are prepared to pay. The Salisbury FTTP switch over trial which is looking to move everyone using Openreach copper onto FTTP will test whether bulk moves work well, though the main aim of the switchover is to reveal the problems (and hopefully solutions) with switching voice services onto a voice service provided by the various providers routers.

For the policy and PR people reading this one small appeal, to the geeks amongt us constantly talking of Gigabit speeds over full fibre is exciting but the emphasis on Gigabit is likely to be causing the general public to get the impression you need to order a Gigabit service which is of course usually the most expensive option when retailers have multiple packages.

New Fibre First Programme Build Locations:

  1. Alloway
  2. Amber Valley
  3. Basildon
  4. Bedford
  5. Beith
  6. Boston Spa
  7. Brighouse
  8. Broxtowe
  9. Burton
  10. Castleford
  11. Chorley
  12. Crownhill
  13. Daventry
  14. Egham
  15. Ellesmere Port
  16. Epping Forest
  17. Galgate
  18. Gateshead
  19. Helsby
  20. Hemel Hempstead
  21. Herongate
  22. Hest Bank
  23. Heysham
  24. Highworth
  25. Hooton
  26. Hounslow
  27. Ivybridge
  28. Keynsham
  29. Kilbirnie
  30. Kings Langley
  31. Kirklees
  32. Lambeth
  33. Lancaster

 

  1. Lewisham
  2. Long Ashton
  3. Maybole
  4. Medway
  5. Midlothian
  6. Monmouthshire
  7. Morecambe
  8. Motherwell
  9. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  10. Newport
  11. Normanton
  12. Paignton
  13. Park Street
  14. Plympton
  15. Prescot
  16. Prestwick
  17. Purfleet
  18. Redbourn
  19. Royal Wootton Bassett
  20. Sandwell
  21. South Ribble
  22. St Neots
  23. Stewarton
  24. Tameside
  25. Thurrock
  26. Troon
  27. Walsall
  28. Waltham Forest
  29. Wellingborough
  30. Wetherby
  31. Wheathampstead
  32. Willowcroft
  33. Worcester
  34. Wraysbury

 

We will get the 94 Northern Irish locations and these new 67 locations added to our Fibre Cities/Villages tracking ready for our next Openreach FTTP numbers update on 12th October.

Comments

I wish they would publish further information on areas already announced before adding more and more new ones to an ever expanding list.

I first noticed we was in a Fibre Village area back in January, and since then radio silence. Just a rough estimate of when they anticipate work starting would save the constant watching/monitoring of roadworks.org etc :P

  • kjwkjw
  • 10 days ago

Hey kjwkjw

Should not be long really but everyone’s different

We got announced for fttp back in July last year and work started
Around early March this year.. work has just been completed month back and we got activated few weeks so we can now place orders for fttp

  • jamie001
  • 10 days ago

@Andrew

I'm just wondering if your have ever compared the order that areas are getting commercial FTTP vs the order that commercial ADSL and FTTC were deployed, as I think that would be quite interesting

  • gt94sss2
  • 10 days ago

Andrew,

Any idea which Newport?. I know of Gwent, Shropshire, Isle of Wight, Pembroke, Cambridge. (I assume it is not NI as you say you haven't included them. )

  • jumpmum
  • 10 days ago

Not delved into the Openreach list from website, that usually provides a guide to which actual Newport

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 days ago

Is there a single, consolidated list anywhere (Openreach or TBB) rather than a list of 67 and another list of 94 and... ?

Thanks,
John

  • JHo1
  • 9 days ago

https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband/fibre-first should have two lists

1 for Fibre City and 1 for Fibre First

That should also give an idea of in build etc

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 9 days ago

It is interesting that we are finally seeing some small towns in the South West of Scotland starting to pop up. I am in a sub-USO rural location but once these small towns a few miles away get served, perhaps we will get filled in. I do expect that I will get good value for money from my 4G antenna while I wait though.

  • DanielCoffey
  • 9 days ago

Andrew, Looked at the list for Newport, only clue is the 4 exchanges covered which suggests Newport Gwent, as it has multiple exchanges whereas the others are all single ones.

  • jumpmum
  • 8 days ago

Adding exchanges doesn't mean a thing. Swadlincote already has FTTP with new estates but was recently added to the list. What about about the areas within the exchanges?

  • lockyatlrg
  • 7 days ago

Lancaster...WooHoo

  • nervous
  • 6 days ago

Maybe it would be a good idea to get the ones done they have listed in the first place. But then I suppose it looks like they are doing something if they produced loads of lists.
BT, the same as normal.

  • zyborg47
  • 5 days ago

They're doing plenty more than producing loads of lists.

https://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/8820-153-767-premises-added-to-our-tracking-of-the-openreach-fttp-roll-out-in-last-month

I'm going to go out on a limb and gamble that the thought is that because they haven't passed a specific street / property they therefore have done nothing.

That seems to be a popular viewpoint.

  • CarlThomas
  • 4 days ago

Be a good idea if they got to the stage of doing the first list instead of producing another list.

  • zyborg47
  • 3 days ago

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