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171,090 full fibre premises passed added to Openreach footprint in last month

Another month has passed and therefore time to update on where Openreach appears to be building its FTTP footprint.

It was a busy month for FTTP at 171,090 premises added, second only to August 2020 when we added 178,030 premises. It is also only 8 days since we hit the 3 million mark (3,001,154 premises) and those eight days has seen 49,566 premises added to the total.

  • 523,859 premises via BDUK/gap funded or other rural intervention, increase of 4,189
  • 1,653,390 premises in Fibre First areas, increase of 81,407
  • 198,593 premises in Fibre Town/Village areas, increase of 37,333
  • 431,180 premises in new build properties constructed in 2016 and later, increase of 16,010
  • 43,880 premises in properties constructed between 2006 and 2015, increase of 4,715
  • 62,426 premises in properties constructed between 1996 and 2005, increase of 9,927
  • 137,392 premises via commercial/old roll-out, increase of 16,010

The change in the commercial/old roll-out figure is higher this month because we have not integrated the latest Northern Ireland towns and villages list into the appropriate category yet. We ran out of time for this months figures.

The observant will notice that the change in the Fibre First programme was a good few thousand lower this month and that is a factor of where we are in the cycle of checking for new bits of FTTP coverage.

For those complaining the footprint is still tiny, yes the Openreach FTTP footprint may only represent 10% of UK premises, but it is a case that things are improving at a considerable pace. Just 12 months ago we recorded the footprint as 1,604,178 premises passed and had added 110,247 premises in the same 4 weeks.


1.4 million properties completed in 12 months... 24.8 million properties remaining... at this rate only another 18 years to go, yay!

  • candlerb
  • 9 days ago

If you can provide management consultancy on how they could scale up faster in a sustainable way I'm sure they'd welcome it.

Might be time to send them a CV alongside an outline of your plan.

  • CarlThomas
  • 9 days ago

"at this rate only another 18 years to go" - actually for people that already have superfast or better, I don't see an urgent need for FTTP.
However, for those at the back of the queue with sub-superfast connections even the government's target of 5 years is a long time to wait (even if it were achievable).

  • sheephouse
  • 8 days ago

@candlerb, OR aren't the only ones building, unless OR coverage is of particular importance to you its not really a problem.

@sheephouse, 5 years :) how long has the FTTC programme been running ? and thats still not finished, I shouldn't say it's impossible but I'd be surprised if it's done in 10 years, we can likely write off the first 2 in contract negotiations

  • Swac3
  • 8 days ago

@Swac3: it's true that OR aren't the only ones building, but OR dwarfs all the others. e.g. OR's footprint is 3m whilst Cityfibre is 0.3m, and OR are building much faster. Also, over time, they'll be more likely to build in the same profitable areas, as has already happened in Milton Keynes.

The main benefit I see from the altnets is that they have forced OR into action - although if you're lucky enough to live in an altnet area you do get a good choice of service.

  • candlerb
  • 7 days ago

True enough ref Openreach volume build capacity, If nothing else the smaller ALTs that are hitting areas currently below Openreaches interest level are bumping those peoples wait for FTTP from the bottom of the list

  • Swac3
  • 7 days ago

@Swac3 - yes the BDUK program has been running years, and in many respects has created many of the problems of properties being uneconomic by missing them out of earler FTTC builds. There are now many small groups of orphan properties that missed out with FTTC, and are now too small a group to be economic even using CFP and vouchers.
Unfortunately it seems that some of the AltNets that were contracted to cover the remaining BDUK areas have now become more interested in more lucrative commercial builds - so the sub-superfast properties are being pushed ever further to the back of the queue.

  • sheephouse
  • 7 days ago

There has been a notable acceleration in FTTP rollout after 1st Feb 2019 when the main /bt road block was removed. Previously there'd been some double vision as to the purpose of BT. Certainly there are other suppliers who are able to find the funding to take advantage of the opportunities in full fibre connection to homes and businesses. Those who say FTTC is good enough, have not experienced a proper low latency fibre connection. From an operational point of view I've always been surprised that BT ignored the lower maintenance costs of full fibre.

  • AlaricAdair
  • 1 day ago

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