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178,620 Openreach full fibre premises found in last month

While its clearly good news for the 3,656,903 premises in the UK that have the option for Openreach FTTP, they are still a long way from their eventual aim of a 20,000,000 premises footprint in the mid to late 2020's. People often complain that premises passed is not a good FTTP measure even though it is used for global comparisons, so for those who want to know how many have been connected the last Openreach financials stated 790,000 have the service installed.

The monthly increase of 178,620 is an increase of 61,137 premises compared to the previous month and works out at a weekly build rate of 40,333 premises. This is also a new record for the amount of Openreach FTTP added in a single month to our system, just beating the previous record of 178,030 set in August 2020. 

The search for rural FTTP which will often fit into the BDUK category has continued and while the 16,639 is higher than usual it is marginally down on the previous months figure of 17,700.

  • 554,833 premises via BDUK/gap funded or other rural intervention, increase of 16,639
  • 1,918,747 premises in Fibre First areas, increase of 62,126
  • 324,817 premises in Fibre Town/Village areas, increase of 30,148
  • 483,633 premises in new build properties constructed in 2016 and later, increase of 15,007
  • 75,425 premises in properties constructed between 2006 and 2015, increase of 9,935
  • 99,930 premises in properties constructed between 1996 and 2005, increase of 12,219
  • 199,507 premises via commercial/old roll-out, increase of 19,708

The official Openreach figure in the last results was 4,050,000 premises so we are still behind and therefore if you live in a FIbre First exchange area and our map seriously under represents what is available then do get in touch. It is impossible to be looking at every corner of the UK at the same time, so a little local intelligence can help massively. The map plotting is currently (12th February) a day or so out of date which means around 10,000 premises are missing from it but that will change today.


KA13 7QE - has FTTP enabled and residents installed in homes.

  • lazypix
  • 20 days ago

Looking at the TBB map the BR5 & BR6 postcodes are quite a way behind the fibre first deployment in this area.

  • MaryHinge
  • 20 days ago

Do you literally search for them manually?

  • Diggory
  • 20 days ago

Large parts of the Wadsley Bridge Fibre First area (Sheffield) have started to go live now, but is not yet on the maps. S5 8TR is a good starting point.

  • adgo
  • 20 days ago

The ones people have mentioned and emailed with are now in the checker around another 9,000 in total, maps will update over the weekend.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 19 days ago

Maps have had a couple of updates over the weekend now, plus a big chunk in Peartree, Derby area.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 17 days ago

I understand a fairly large area of Stukeley Meadows in Huntingdon has been enabled for Openreach FTTP (WBC FTTP) in the last couple of weeks. Some example postcodes: PE29 6SU, PE29 6US, PE29 6GN, PE29 6UG, PE29 6TH.

  • fenlandbroadband
  • 16 days ago

Are Openreach suppose to be named next batch for FTTP roll out plan thought it was every 3 months with last one back in September

Suppose to be anytime now for next batch

  • adslmax
  • 16 days ago

There was an update only, Max, perhas this Covid thing is not helping... -

Would imagine a rollout update will happen in the Spring.

  • SlimJ
  • 16 days ago

The Huntingdon chunk is now on checker and maps (highest zoom will appear later Wednesday)

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 15 days ago

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