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BT Openreach List Latest 163 UK Exchange Upgrades for FTTP on Demand

Monday, April 28th, 2014 (5:22 pm) - Score 14,267

BTOpenreach has kindly responded to this morning’s article by confirming the latest batch of 163 telephone exchanges that have been upgraded to support the Fibre on Demand (FoD / FTTPoD) service, which makes their “ultra-fast” and ultra-expensive 330Mbps (30Mbps uploads) fibre optic broadband (FTTP) product available via FTTC capable lines.

Last year Openreach said (here) that it planned to roll-out FoD to 303 telephone exchanges across the United Kingdom by the end of March 2014, which would technically make it available to order by 4.7 million premises (this is not to be confused with “premises passed” – FoD doesn’t pass anywhere until after it has been installed) and with today’s announcement this has now been achieved.

The latest batch of exchanges represents all of the upgrades that have occurred to support FoD between the end of December 2013 and March 2014. Naturally many of the latest upgrades seem intended to support areas covered by the Government’s £150m “Super-Connected Cities” (Urban Broadband Fund) scheme and they also confirm that upgrades are still on-going, despite the imminent (1st May 2014) shock of a huge price hike (here) and concerns over FoD’s future.

The 163 New FoD Exchanges for Q1 2014

Bally- Sillan; Belfast – Belfast
Balmoral – Belfast
Belfast City – Belfast
Belfast East – Belfast
Belfast North – Belfast
Fort- William; Belfast – Belfast
Knock; Northern Ireland – Belfast
Ormeau; Belfast – Belfast
Acocks Green – Birmingham
Bearwood – Birmingham
Birmingham Central – Birmingham
Birmingham South – Birmingham
Calthorpe – Birmingham
Edgbaston – Birmingham
Erdington – Birmingham
Four Oaks – Birmingham
Harborne – Birmingham
Highbury – Birmingham
Northern – Birmingham
Priory – Birmingham
Rectory – Birmingham
Selly Oak – Birmingham
Smallbrook – Birmingham
Springfield; West Midlands – Birmingham
Stechford – Birmingham
Sutton Coldfield – Birmingham
Woodgate – Birmingham
Adel – Bradford & Leeds
Armley – Bradford & Leeds
Bingley – Bradford & Leeds
Burley-In-Wharfedale – Bradford & Leeds
Chapeltown – Bradford & Leeds
Crossgates – Bradford & Leeds
Cullingworth – Bradford & Leeds
Dudley Hill – Bradford & Leeds
Garforth – Bradford & Leeds
Guiseley – Bradford & Leeds
Harehills – Bradford & Leeds
Haworth – Bradford & Leeds
Headingley – Bradford & Leeds
Horsforth – Bradford & Leeds
Hunslet – Bradford & Leeds
Ilkley – Bradford & Leeds
Keighley – Bradford & Leeds
Laisterdyke – Bradford & Leeds
Low Moor – Bradford & Leeds
Manningham – Bradford & Leeds
Moortown – Bradford & Leeds
Morley – Bradford & Leeds
Otley – Bradford & Leeds
Pudsey – Bradford & Leeds
Queensbury – Bradford & Leeds
Rawdon – Bradford & Leeds
Rothwell; West Yorkshire – Bradford & Leeds
Seacroft – Bradford & Leeds
Shipley – Bradford & Leeds
Undercliffe – Bradford & Leeds
Brighton Kemptown – Brighton & Hove
Brighton Rottingdean – Brighton & Hove
Avonmouth – Bristol
Bedminster – Bristol
Bishopsworth – Bristol
Bristol North – Bristol
Bristol Redcliffe – Bristol
Bristol West – Bristol
Easton – Bristol
Eastville – Bristol
Fishponds – Bristol
Henbury – Bristol
Stoke Bishop – Bristol
Westbury -On- Trym – Bristol
Cambridge Central – Cambridge
Cherry Hinton – Cambridge
Llandaff – Cardiff
Llanedeyrn – Cardiff
Llanishen – Cardiff
Llanrumney – Cardiff
Allesley – Coventry
Binley – Coventry
Cheylesmore – Coventry
Coventry Greyfriars – Coventry
Earlsdon – Coventry
Foleshill – Coventry
Highway – Coventry
Radford – Coventry
Tile Hill – Coventry
Toll Bar – Coventry
Walsgrave- On-Sowe – Coventry
Allestree Park – Derby
Alvaston – Derby
Chellaston – Derby
Derby – Derby
Mickleover – Derby
Peartree – Derby
Willowcroft – Derby
Londonderry – Derry/Londonderry
Londonderry/Brookhall – Derry/Londonderry
Waterside – Derry/Londonderry
Davidsons Mains – Edinburgh
Dean – Edinburgh
Donaldson – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Abbeyhill – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Corstorphine – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Craiglockhart – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Fountainbridge – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Leith – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Liberton – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Maybury – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Morningside – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Newington – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Portobello – Edinburgh
Edinburgh Wester Hailes – Edinburgh
Bayswater – London (city of westminster)
Covent Garden – London (city of westminster)
Kensal Green – London (city of westminster)
Lords – London (city of westminster)
Marylebone – London (city of westminster)
North Paddington – London (city of westminster)
Paddington – London (city of westminster)
Pimlico – London (city of westminster)
Primrose Hill – London (city of westminster)
Ardwick – Manchester
Collyhurst – Manchester
Mercury – Manchester
Wythenshawe – Manchester
Gosforth; Tyne & Wear – Newcastle
Jesmond – Newcastle
Lemington – Newcastle
Newcastle Central – Newcastle
Newcastle West – Newcastle
Wide Open – Newcastle
Caerleon – Newport
Castleton; Gwent – Newport
Maesglas – Newport
Maindee – Newport
Newport Chartist – Newport
Newport; Gwent – Newport
Rhiwderin – Newport
Cowley – Oxford
Blairgowrie – Perth
Perth – Perth
Cosham – Portsmouth
Portsmouth Central – Portsmouth
Portsmouth North End – Portsmouth
Broughton; Greater Manchester – Salford
Cheetham – Salford
Eccles – Salford
Pendleton – Salford
Swinton; Greater Manchester – Salford
Walkden – Salford
Acomb – York
Clifton – York
Dringhouses – York
Dunnington – York
Elvington – York
Haxby – York
Melrosegate – York
Rufforth – York
Stockton On-Forest – York
Strensall – York
York – York
Three Waters
Veryan

We won’t comment on this one too much because most of the aspects have already been covered with our first article today, although suffice to say that we have also requested a progress report on BTOpenreach’s FoD plans for Q2-2014 (i.e. the current period where nothing is known).

It is also worth pointing towards the final two telephone exchanges for Three Waters and Veryan, which seem to be recent additions to the plan. In particular Veryan is a coastal civil parish and a village on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall (England), which is quite rural and not where you’d normally expect to find a FoD deployment. We’ve asked for some more details on this one and will report back if anything surfaces.

NOTE: Just in case some people don’t understand the difference. FoD is not the same as native FTTP. A FoD solution means that you pay a lot for the service to be built and installed (e.g. digging up pavements etc.), while the native FTTP service sees the operator cover the infrastructure costs and you pay for the final connection into your home/office. The price difference is huge.

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28 Responses
  1. PhilB

    I would just like fibre from anywhere,sadly it seems BT for some reason are bypassing 2 of the largest exchanges in Sheffield.

    • Is that not because of the (now failed) digital region?

    • JNeuhoff

      FoD was never intended to be a marketable product, BT is not destroying its own leased line business. The deployment costs per metre would have been roughly the same anywhere in the UK, all exchanges are already equipped with fibre-backbones. FoD is only a publicity stunt, nothing more!

    • No Neuhoff the costs wouldn’t be the same from every exchange. Not all of them have fibre and where FTTC isn’t available there’re no aggregation nodes or in turn OLTs to connect people to.

      FTTPoD is a complete wash as far as the rollout goes, the kit in the exchange is pretty much good to go and the fibre is in the ground due to FTTC deployments, however to say it’s the same regardless of exchange isn’t true.

    • JNeuhoff

      @Ignitionnet: I was talking about “deployment costs per metre”, which runs through similar street ducts and/or from poles. The replacement costs of copper with fibre, per metre, is usually the same, regardless whether it is fibre-from-exchange-to-premise or fibre-from-cabinet-aggregation-node-to-premise. The FTTC aggregation node just brings the exchange closer to the premise, though sometimes EO lines can still be shorter.

      But as I said, BT has no interest in promoting its so-called FoD!

    • Splicing a fibre is easier than setting up an entirely new fibre run from the exchange, hence it’s more expensive per metre to deploy from exchange than the existing aggregation nodes.

      To deploy fibre to EO lines would need entirely new fibre build within the exchange, which has already been done with FTTC as part of backhauling the cabinets.

      Regardless the product does suck, but I don’t think it’s really there with take up to any level in mind. The asinine restrictions around the product did enough to restrict its take up with the huge price increases being the final nail. It’s a product now with the Superconnected Cities subsidy in mind.

  2. Max360

    My telephone exchange: CMSTE (Stechford) is enabled for FTTC. However my cabinet is not enabled for FTTC. The enabled FTTC cabinet is literally 300 meters away. Is it possible to get FTTPoD?

  3. BT Investor

    That’s an impressive list of exchanges. It’s good to see BT continuing to drive forward availability of solutions such as this despite scepticism from interference regulators and government. A huge thumbs up from me.

    • JNeuhoff

      I think there is no need to invent dummy users like ‘BT Investor’ on this forum, heralding a dead product just for the sake of praising BT. BT may have some suitable broadband products in some lucky areas, FoD ain’t one of them!

    • The regulator isn’t skeptical, Ed Richards practically fellates BT every chance he gets.

      If the regulator were actually customer focused they’d be offering incentives for BT to retire the copper network and replace with fibre, instead they continue to preserve the obstacles.

      Works great for BT, they get to continue their minimal level of CapEx with less pressure, and works fine for the regulator so long as they can spin the numbers properly.

      Investors in BT should be feeling pretty happy. They’ve underspent on FTTC/P by a mile by completely abandoning any ambitions at widespread FTTP and will be hitting 3bln profit again in the near future.

    • Andy

      BT/Openreach need to get their act together with regards to FTTC enabling cabinets in areas that have been previously bypassed for no reason other than financial – particularly enabling cabinets that serve new-build estates. Even the ability to give a vague forecast of when these cabinets may be enabled would be an improvement over the current “wall of silence” approach.

    • FibreFred

      ^ “bypassed for no reason other than financial”

      Sounds like a pretty sold reason to me!

  4. HG

    Briefly excited. Should have known better. Not really very rural Leics/Northants border area omitted again.

  5. This is a bit like the UN target for universal telephony set in 1980 for 1990 ish. There shall be a public phone box within a 1 mile walk anywhere in the world. These announcements have a similar worth in the context of FTTP.

  6. Yay Hunslet was on the list!

    Ah just in time for prices to be pushed through the stratosphere and the suppliers I was talking to to withdraw their products.

  7. FibreFred

    Wow my exchange is on the list! I rarely use my FTTC to the max so not much need for me to go for FoD whatever the price.

  8. Unknown101

    My exchange on the list as well just checked wholesale checker and yes 330/30 for me also but currently on FTTC with 15mbps over the predicted speeds of 55mbps so at 70 I’m happy with that streams HD/3D and 4K perfectly fine for me, not throttled on torrents either with BT. Maybe when prices for FTToD prices drop when FTTC rollout is nearing completion and data needs increase I’ll consider it, but options are there for people who need better speeds than FTTC but leased line is overkill (for business obviously).

  9. JNeuhoff

    When I get things wrong can people stop correcting me?

    It makes me feel like an idiot. 🙁

  10. Andy

    I’d settle for FTTC from our cabinet in Chorley!

  11. X66yh

    And of course BT’s FTTP is GPON rather than true point to point fibre.

    GPON can never be symmetrical and the upload is always going to be much less than the download capacity.

    • FibreFred

      Much like most FTTP networks in the world then, PON

    • GPON can’t, no, but PONs can be symmetrical. Both GE-PON and 10GE-PON come in a symmetrical variant. Just needs different kit either side of the single fibre.

      Kinda similar to how point to point networks would need different kit either side to go from their current 1Gb configurations to 10Gb.

      So saying that BT’s FTTP network can never be symmetrical would be like saying ‘true point to point fibre’ can never be more than 1Gb because of the optics either side. Both are wrong.

  12. As mentioned on my blog above, I don’t mean to suggest that BT are purely deploying this product with an eye on the SuperConnected Cities scheme but they’ve actually used SuperConnected Cities city names rather than their own region names in the list they gave ISPReview.

    I’m sure the price increases in January were likewise coincidental. Ya.

    • Unknown101

      They use the city names internally within BT as well long before they announced FTTPoD they rarely put them in their regions……

    • Ignitionnet

      Could you explain in that case why they used region names in the FTTC announcements?

      These aren’t even city names; Bradford-Leeds doesn’t exist apart from the SuperConnected Cities scheme and those exchanges, some of which only received FTTC last year, were listed as Yorkshire and Humber.

      Seems an odd coincidence indeed that BT suddenly start publishing lists like this if they had the same nomenclature internally for a while but chose to use regions in announcements previously.

  13. Darren

    It appears BT are lying, given they announced this list over x4 weeks ago the Wideopen exchange is still being reported as not FTTP enabled.

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