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 The map plotting is currently (12th February) a day or so out of date which means around 10,000 premises are missing from it but that will change today.