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BT Wholesale UK Broadband Checker Adds a Few New Details UPDATE

Monday, September 14th, 2020 (3:13 pm) - Score 12,914
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The BT Wholesale Broadband Checker service, which is more intended for UK network operators and ISPs but has always been useful to help consumers check the capability of Openreach based lines, has recently added a few new options at the bottom for ‘Exchange Product Restrictions‘.

Each of the three new options under this category appears to hold a Yes or No (Y or N) answer for ‘FTTP Priority Exchange’, ‘WLR Withdrawal’ and ‘SOADSL Restriction’ (credits to Simon for spotting). The exact context for these settings is a little unclear, but we can help to paint the picture below.

The mention of FTTP reflects Openreach’s national gigabit Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) rollout, while WLR is connected to the withdrawal of BT’s traditional phone services via Wholesale Line Rental and SOADSL (Single Order ADSL) is the broadband-only version of copper ADSL lines (no phone service) that isn’t expected to go live until September 2022 (the hybrid fibre FTTC and G.fast equivalent – SOGEA – is already live).

The BTW availability checker also includes a little extra detail for each of the three fields:

FTTP Priority Exchange
The premise/line is associated with exchange which is NOT part of current fibre priority programme.

WLR Withdrawal
The premise/line is associated with exchange where WLR is not withdrawn.

SOADSL Restriction
The premise/line is associated with exchange where SOADSL service is restricted.

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UPDATE 15th Sept 2020

We wanted to get a bit more detail on this and BTW was kind enough to provide it.

FTTP Priority Exchange
Indicates whether the premises/line is associated with an exchange that is part of a current fibre priority programme

• Y means the premises/line is associated with an exchange which is part of a current Openreach fibre priority programme. If FTTP can be served to this address then it will have priority over other products.
• N means the premises/line is not associated with an exchange that is part of a current fibre priority programme.

WLR Withdrawal
Indicates whether the premises/line is associated with an exchange that is part of a current WLR withdrawal programme

• Y means that the premises/line is associated with an exchange which is part of a WLR withdrawal programme. If fibre products can be served to this address then they have priority over other products.
• N means that the premises/line is not associated with an exchange which is part of a WLR withdrawal programme.

SOADSL Restriction*
Indicates whether the premises/line is associated with an exchange where Openreach has restricted SOTAP

• Y means the premise/line is associated with an exchange where SOTAP is restricted. Openreach will not provide SOTAP because alternative Openreach fibre products are available to order. This means BTW will not be able to support SOADSL at the address.
• N means that Openreach is not restricting SOTAP. Therefore SOADSL can be supported, subject to BTW providing ADSL at the address.

* Note the BT Wholesale product SOADSL will consume the Openreach product SOTAP. SOADSL is not yet available to order from BT Wholesale; we’re making the flag visible in preparation for the future launch of SOADSL.

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16 Responses
  1. Avatar G.fast says:

    They also added ‘Green’ on the G.fast instead of ‘Amber’.

  2. Avatar James™ says:

    Check a postcode for an exchange that is on the Fibre First and says: FTTP Priority Exchange “N”

    1. Avatar Colin Hosking says:

      Yes I just noticed that, Truro is on the FTTP Fibre first rollout plan, but says “N”

  3. Avatar joe says:

    They are still telling me about all sorts of dead tech…

    “The Stop Sale date for IPstream is from xxxx 2016. The Formal Retirement date for IPstream is from xxx 2016. “

  4. Avatar Name says:

    https://ibb.co/PFRVGDZ
    Does it mean g.fast is available in my cabinet or what?

    1. Avatar Samuel says:

      Yes… I would say so from that screenshot.

  5. Avatar Toby says:

    Get the same as James – my area is clearly on the FTTP rollout plan on the Fibre First page and putting my address in there says FTTP is on the way.

    Yet the checker says it’s not an FTTP priority exchange.

    1. Avatar Fastman says:

      the context is this

      FTTP Priority Exchange
      The premise/line is associated with exchange which is NOT part of current fibre priority programme.

    2. Avatar MartinConf says:

      @Fastman

      Every line I’ve checked the status is always ‘N’, it doesn’t seems to matter if its a Fibre first exchange or not it still seems always to be set to ‘N’

      Has anyone found a line where its set to a ‘Y’

  6. Avatar Ian Wigg says:

    I spoke to both Openreach and to one of their engineers this afternoon (he was doing final testing on the cabling in our village) and both confirmed FTTP will be live and available, subject to no problems discovered during the testing that day, by end of September. Yet the checker says it’s not an FTTP priority exchange. Could this be because we’re about to go live we’ve been removed as completed.

  7. Avatar Owen Rudge says:

    Might “FTTP Priority” be for those exchanges where BT is intending to withdraw all copper services?

  8. Avatar Wally1 says:

    Mine is set to “N” and I have active FTTP with BT (Wallasey Exchange).

  9. Avatar TheTruth says:

    I think we have all missed a key point, these new values are under a section called ‘Exchange Product Restrictions’ and the key word is restrictions. I suspect the ‘FTTP Priority Exchange’ value will be used in conjunction with the ‘WLR Withdrawal’ value.

  10. Avatar Tony BB says:

    It’s not only what’s available, but more accurate speed testing. I have G.fast and live 320m from cabinet, and around 600m from exchange.
    The 320m from cab gives me 54mbs & 11mbs upload. This is measured by a throughput with only the main PC attached. I’ve tried all the
    Usual tests they tell you on the website, but can’t get to speak to someone in the call centre staff.

    1. Avatar A_Builder says:

      With those line stats you are on FTTC not GFast?

      If you are on GFast that is below the hand back threshold so you are not locked into a contract.

  11. Avatar Henry Atgone says:

    I am not well versed in tech, but why is the previous handback figure absent?

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