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177,883 Openreach full fibre premises found since 12th February 2021

The 177,883 premises increase in the Openreach FTTP represents a build rate of 44,470 premise each week or 6,352 every day.

That February did not set a new record is down to the fact the month has just 28 days, if there had been 31 days in the month we might have had time to add another 18,000 premises to the total.

The total footprint in our system is 3,834,786 premises and while still lower than the figure of 4,050,000 announced by Openreach at the end of January 2021 we are on track to be reporting over 4 million premises in our next report on 12th April. Of course Openreach has continued to build and we would estimate their current total is around 4,400,000 i.e. very close to their goal of 4.5 million premises by the end of March 2021. Beyond the speed at which we can find the growing footprint, the other reasons for why we lag behind is the quarterly cycle around new build properties, we believe Openreach include fully built FTTP that has not been released to wholesalers just yet and possibly some where Openreach has built and commissioned but information visible publically is still saying planned.

  • 561,739 premises via BDUK/gap funded or other rural intervention, increase of 6,906
  • 1,987,008 premises in Fibre First areas, increase of 68,261
  • 348,968 premises in Fibre Town/Village areas, increase of 24,151
  • 485,272 premises in new build properties constructed in 2016 and later, increase of 1,639
  • 79,305 premises in properties constructed between 2006 and 2015, increase of 3,880
  • 118,872 premises in properties constructed between 1996 and 2005, increase of 18,942
  • 253,622 premises via commercial/old roll-out, increase of 54,115

The increase in the BDUK/rural/intervention category is around a third of the size of the previous month but is a return to normal volume we find each month, i.e. previous month was a special case where many more hours were devoted to hunting for FTTP in rural locations.

The new build since 2016 increase looks very small, but this is down to the quarterly cycle of new build premises, we have the new postcodes but are just waiting to find time to run the software processes that search for new or changes to postcodes.


And then the engineers went on strike ;)

  • AndrueC
  • about 1 month ago

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