Openreach says it has passed 4.5 million premises with FTTP
Openreach is by far the largest full fibre operator in the United Kingdom and its latest figure of 4.5 million premises passed is around 4.5 times the next nearest operator.
The end of March 2021 was a critical goal for Openreach to meet as they had promised 4.5 million premises would be able to order FTTP by that date and on the evening of 24th March the email went out saying they had hit the target.
Despite the huge upheaval caused by the pandemic, our key worker engineers have been working safely throughout the country to keep people connected and to continue extending the network, meaning we’ve hit this interim target just ahead of our original schedule. We’re continuing to accelerate the programme – having built Full Fibre to more than 1.9 million premises so far this year. We’re on track to get to 20 million premises by the mid to late 2020s – at which point nearly two thirds of the UK will be able to order Full Fibre services over our network. So far, we’ve included more than 170 city locations in our multi-billion-pound build, including the UK’s biggest cities (Birmingham, Belfast, London and Manchester). We’re also building in more than 550 market towns and villages, and we’re partnering with local and national government on a range of subsidised projects.Openreach statement on reaching 4.5 million FTTP premises
Our tracking of their footprint had reached 3,918,882 premises as of last night and we are expecting/hoping to reach 4 million premises on 12th April 2021. Obviously 3.9 million is a lot less than 4.5 million but our verification of the footprint has always been 6 to 10 weeks behind the Openreach figures released, some of this is things like new build properties which are built but the postcodes are not in our database yet (updated quarterly via ONS sets). In the past when Openreach has reported a rise in their build rate we have always seen this happen after a few weeks so we are confident they have built the 4.5 million they claim.