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thinkbroadband tracking of Openreach FTTP roll-out hits 3 million premises mark

We have finally managed to find 3,001,154 premises where Openreach FTTP is available to the public.

The map shows what 3 million premises of FTTP looks like and you can see that are distinct clusters, in terms of coverage the top 10 places when looking at just Openreach full fibre coverage are:

  1. Belfast 71.71%
  2. Epsom and Ewell 62.99%
  3. Exeter 62.22%
  4. Lisburn and Castlereagh 55.68%
  5. Antrim and Newtownabbey 52.89%
  6. Ards and North Down 50.77%
  7. Salford 50.53%
  8. Barking and Dagenham 48.11%
  9. Derry and Strabane 47.78%
  10. City of Bristol 43.75%

Openreach declared the 3 million premises point some 11 to 12 weeks ago, so no doubt the financials for the quarter that ended on 30th September will see a figure of 3.5 million announced and with two quarters to go their goal of 4.5 million premises of FTTP for 31st March 2021 is looking entirely possible. If we keep working at the same rate this means we will have verified the 4.5 million by June 2021.

The pace of the roll-out is best illustrated by the 1.1 million premises added to the footprint since January 12th 2020 and that back in January the roll-out rate was around 23,000 premises a week whereas last month the pace was 35,800 a week.

A lot of criticism is thrown at Openreach but they are still the largest FTTP operator in the UK, the 2nd largest is Virgin Media via its RFOG roll-out (approx 0.75 million) and 3rd largest is FTTB operator Hyperoptic (approx 0.49 million). 

We would have reached the 3 million figure a couple of weeks earlier but there has been a significant reduction in the amount of new build FTTP due to the pandemic which removed some of the easier to find chunks of Openreach FTTP. One of the things we have talked about before though is that Openreach outside of its Fibre First and Fibre Town/Village programmes is also re-visiting estates built in the last couple of decades bringing FTTP to them, the progress we have seen in this will get reported on our usual 12th of each month roundup. 

Of course the 3 million is just the premises passed, what needs to happen next is for the public to order and pay for the service. The speed test data shows people are using services and the next couple of quarters will be interesting to see if the lockdown pushes take-up as more people seek a more reliable connection, though we do expect that demand to be a delicate balancing act since lots of people have lost their jobs or seen their income reduced even if retaining their job.

Comments

Good to see the rollout continuing at pace, didn't think I would see it anytime soon but glad to see the guys with blue rope showing up around my area at last! Still nothing showing live in Broadstairs though which is strange, they have been working up that way for ages now!

  • kjwkjw
  • 17 days ago

Good to see the rollout continuing at pace, didn't think I would see it anytime soon but glad to see the guys with blue rope showing up around my area at last! Still nothing showing live in Broadstairs though which is strange, they have been working up that way for ages now!

  • kjwkjw
  • 17 days ago

Feels a bit sparse in Cumbria other than what was installed under the connecting Cumbria scheme

  • chrisb_me
  • 17 days ago

What's frustrating me is when there's neighbours connected to an FTTP cabinet and yet my cab only does FTTC, and my long phone line gives me very sub optimal performance particularly with slow upload speed.

  • speculatrix
  • 17 days ago

Openreach FTTP doesn’t come from a cabinet, you being connected to a different cabinet doesn’t mean anything. If it’s not commercially viable, start a community fibre partnership? Or ask another supplier to serve you.

  • Unknown101
  • 17 days ago

The whole of bt / openreach are absolute jokers, was told I could order fttp based service from September this then changed to December with no reason when I wanted to order, they shouldn't commit to any timeliness if they have no intention of actually delivering.

  • Locky
  • 17 days ago

Any reason to think they had no intention of delivering and were just delayed by unforeseen issues?

The post seems a bit of an overreaction to a 3 month delay, especially given you already have FTTC at >50 Mb.

A bunch of people are stuck on sub-24 Mb with no idea when this will change.

  • CarlThomas
  • 17 days ago

Can't get fttc at 50, had fttc previously at 25/7, live in a very urbanised area, openreach where here in force August/Sept a delay might push it a month, to jump from Sept to Dec isn't unforeseen circumstances I don't think, will have to carry on with virgin and the near daily downtime :/

  • Locky
  • 16 days ago

Could order? Or have actually ordered?

The teams working locally may have completed their job and told you a date when they think you can order since they are done, but there is a long chain of links that need completing to enable a property so someone can actually order.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 16 days ago

The date was supplied via openreach in an email they sent to me after I enquired about the works that were ongoing, they actually sent 2 then a 3rd (after emailing to ask how I could order as it wasn't available thru the obvious channels such as bt) stating December.

  • Locky
  • 16 days ago

"will have to carry on with virgin" -Arrgh! You have FTTC and VM available now and FTTP on the way - some of us only have USO level ADSL!

  • sheephouse
  • 16 days ago

Andrew, it's worth scanning around the following postcodes as these have gone live but not appearing on the map yet - CT110PF, CT110PL, CT126DR, CT126DP, CT126DG, CT126AD, CT126AG, CT146QD, CT146QB, CT3 1NN, CT3 1NB.

  • SlimJ
  • 16 days ago

Thanks

They'll appear sometime in next 24 hours on map

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 16 days ago

What's the current take up for FTTP circa 1Million subscribers across all operators ?

No doubt it will continue to climb naturally, and with incentives and OR pushing migration, but looking at the adsl connections vs availability of FTTC there's alot of work ahead to bring actual connections close to headline 'Passed' numbers.

And while the overbuild isn't as big as I'd maybe perceived, If you're laying fibre in competition areas then you're connected vs passed is going to suffer.

  • Swac3
  • 15 days ago

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