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

Monday, April 28th, 2014 (5:22 pm) - Score 15,678
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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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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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