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Cityfibre Name 285 UK Areas for GBP4bn Gigabit Broadband Rollout UPDATE

Friday, March 12th, 2021 (7:18 am) - Score 32,496
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Alternative network builder CityFibre has today confirmed the full list of 285 UK cities, towns and villages where they plan to deploy their new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTHP) broadband platform, which will work alongside ISPs like Vodafone and TalkTalk to cover 8 million homes and businesses. Rural areas will also benefit.

Just to recap. The operator’s deployment originally started in late 2018 (here) – supported by substantial investment from the West Street Infrastructure Fund (Goldman Sachs) and Antin Infrastructure Fund – with a plan to spend £2.5bn on deploying their 1Gbps FTTP network to reach a “minimum” of 1 million homes and businesses by the end of 2021 (c.£500m Phase One), then 5 million premises by the end of 2025 (c.20% of the current UK broadband market).

NOTE: Cityfibre is being supported by various ISPs, such as Vodafone (Gigafast Broadband), TalkTalk, Zen Internet, Giganet and others, but they aren’t all live or available in every location yet. The operator usually aims to cover 85%+ of premises in each town or city they target.

However, the project was expanded last year, which saw them raise their investment to £4bn (here and here) in order to cover 8 million premises across 100+ cities and towns (c.30% of the UK), with the latter target being “substantially completed” by the end of 2025 (the details of this will depend upon how they define “substantially“). The work is expected to help create a total of 10,000 new jobs (mostly engineers).

At the last update, in January 2021, we noted that some 66 of their planned locations had been assigned a contractor (i.e. work has started or will be starting soon) and 33 of those are already in active build, while FTTP broadband services have gone live in 27 of them (rising to 60 by the end of 2021). The build has nearly completed for 650,000 premises, which puts them roughly on target for their first goal (1 million).

The good news today is CF can now confirm the full list of locations that will benefit from their £4bn rollout programme, which includes numerous cities and towns that haven’t been announced before; many or all of these flow from Phase Two of their Accelerated Tender Awards Programme (ATAP). On top of the 8 million homes, some 800,000 businesses, 400,000 public sector sites and 250,000 5G access points will also be covered.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre, said:

“Today’s announcement is excellent news for consumers and even better news for Britain. We’re delighted to welcome so many new towns, villages and communities to our Full Fibre rollout programme. By 2025, our world-class digital infrastructure will be within reach of nearly a third of the UK market, connecting homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, and supporting 5G mobile networks. This is clear proof of the benefits of digital infrastructure competition.

We have seen huge enthusiasm and early success from our ISP partners, both large and small. Together we’re maximising the potential of a new infrastructure build programme to stimulate demand and drive take-up. Building the network is the first step. It’s only through the use of this world-class Full Fibre infrastructure that we can derive the maximum benefit for our economic recovery and future success.”

Oliver Dowden, UK Digital Secretary, said:

“Today’s announcement shows how the government’s pro-competition policies are speeding up the delivery of gigabit broadband and helping the telecoms market thrive.

We’re spending a record £5 billion to level up homes and businesses across the UK with gigabit speeds. With CityFibre’s multi-billion pound investment, we’ll soon be bringing these lightning-fast connections to millions of people outside our major towns and cities.”

CityFibre’s ongoing project will eventually see them becoming the country’s first major large-scale infrastructure competitor to Openreach (BT) and Virgin Media, which is good news for consumers, as well as any retail ISPs that may wish to break free from today’s otherwise still quite restrictive layer 1 (physical infrastructure) market. In short, more choice at both the wholesale and retail ends.

Both Openreach and Virgin Media are of course working to expand their own gigabit-capable broadband networks, with the former targeting 20 million UK premises by around 2025-30 (predicted cost of £12bn) and the latter pondering an expansion to 23 million premises (here) – pending the outcome of their merger with mobile operator O2. On top of that Virgin Media may launch a competitive wholesale solution for ISPs later in 2021.

However, all three operators will also face competition from a growing list of other alternative networks, such as Hyperoptic, G.Network, Jurassic Fibre, CommunityFibre and many others that are building in some of the same urban areas, as well as a few rural locations (Summary of UK Full Fibre Builds). Suffice to say that the battle is only just getting started, and we predict plenty of consolidation further down the road (right now there’s still enough space for many of these players to grow, but over time that will change).

We should add that CityFibre don’t intend to focus exclusively on urban areas. The operator has already done the odd rural deployment (here) and they’ve expressed an interest in bidding on the Government’s new £5bn UK Gigabit Broadband Programme, which aims to ensure that 1Gbps capable networks can reach at least 85% of the UK (currently 37%+) by the end of 2025 – before getting “as close to 100% as possible.”

The latest list of locations thus includes a fair number of smaller towns and rural or semi-rural villages (some of this will be supported by funding from gigabit voucher schemes). Admittedly, the list has also lost the odd location too, such as Stoke-on-Trent (here), although the operator did inform us that they may return to those places at a later date.

Unfortunately, one of the things that we haven’t been able to see yet is how much take-up CityFibre has generated in the locations where they’ve been active for the longest. Most operators tend to like a take-up of c.20%+ to be viable (it’s best to measure this after 2-3 years from deployment as adoption is organic and gradual) and anything more is a bonus. So far the FTTP expansions from both Virgin Media and Openreach seem to be delivering on that.

CityFibre’s 285 UK FTTP Rollout Locations

Scotland
Aberdeen (£40m)
Alexandria
Barrhead
Bishopton
Carnoustie
Dumbarton
Dundee
Edinburgh (£100m)
Forfar
Glasgow (£?m)
Inverness (£20m)
Lenzie
Monifieth
Moodiesburn
Neilston
Renfrewshire (£40m) – Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone
Stepps
Stirling (£10m)

North East
Ashington
Bedlington
Billingham
Blaydon on Tyne
Chester-le-Street
Consett
Durham (incl. Durham, Gilesgate, Pity Me)
Easington
East Murton
Ferryhill
Gateshead
Hartlepool (incl. Hartlepool, Seaton Carew, Hart Station, High Throston, Rift House)
Hetton-le-Hole
Middlesbrough (£42m)
Morpeth
Newsham
Newcastle-upon-Tyne (£69m) – c.103,000 premises
North Tyneside (£50m)
Perkinsville
Peterlee
Prudhoe
Redcar & Cleveland (incl. Brotton, Eston, Grangetown, Lazenby, Loftus, North Skelton, Redcar, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Skelton, Skelton Green, Southbank, Teesville, Marske-by-the-Sea, Carlin How)
Ryton
Seaham
Seaton Delaval
Seghill
South Tyneside
Stanley
Stockton-on-Tees (incl. Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby, Norton, Newtown, East Hartburn, Preston Farm)
Sunniside
Sunderland (£62m)
Whickham

North West
Ashton in Makerfield
Aspull Moor
Bank Hey
Blackburn (incl. Beardwood, Blackburn Town Centre, Higher Croft)
Blackpool (£60m)
Bolton (£37m)
Burtonwood
Chester
Clitheroe
Coppull
Darwen
Earlestown
Golborne
Haydock
Hollins Green
Kirkby
Maghull
Ormskirk
Platt Bridge
Preston (£30m)
Rainford
Rainhill Stoops
Rochdale (incl. Littleborough, Milnrow, Rochdale)
Shevington
Shevington Vale
Skelmersdale
St Helens (incl. Marshalls Cross, Prescot, St Helens)
Standish
Warrington (incl. Great Sankey, Latchford, Padgate, Warrington)
Westhoughton
Whiston Lane Ends
Widnes
Wigan (incl. Hindley, Pemberton, Springfield, Wigan)

Yorkshire and The Humber
Aston
Barnby Dun
Barnsley (£32m)
Bentley
Bradford (£75m)
Branton
Brierley
Carcroft
Catcliffe
Chapeltown
Conisbrough
Dewsbury & Batley (£40m) – 61,000 & 6,000 premises respectively by end of 2022
Dinnington
Doncaster (£25m)
Goldthorpe
Great Houghton
Halifax
Harrogate (£46m combined for Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon)
Hatfield
Hoyland
Huddersfield (£30m)
Killamarsh
Knaresborough (£46m combined for Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon)
Leeds (£120m)
Maltby
New Edlington
Oughtbridge
Ripon (£46m combined for Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon)
Rossington
Rotherham (£29m)
Sheffield (£115m)
Stocksbridge
Thorne
Thorpe Hesley
Thurnscoe
Treeton
Wales
Wath upon Dearne
Woodlands
York

East Midlands
Anstey
Atherstone
Barton Seagrave
Bingham
Bracebridge Heath
Breaston
Brixworth
Burton Latimer
Calverton
Carlton in Lindrick
Chesterfield
Coalville
Cosby
Cotgrave
Countesthorpe
Derby (£45m)
Dronfield
Earl Shilton
Earls Barton
Eckington
Great Glen
Groby
Harworth
Hinckley
Kettering
Keyworth
Leicester (£80m)
Leicester Forest East
Lincoln (incl. Birchwood, Lincoln, North Hykeham)
Loughborough
Market Harborough
Melton Mowbray
Milton Keynes (£40m)
Narborough
Newark on Trent
Northampton (£40m)
Nottingham (£117m)
Nuneaton
Queniborough
Radcliffe on Trent
Ratby
Roade
Rothley
Rothwell
Rushden
Shepshed
Sileby
Skellingthorpe
Staveley
Tollerton
Washingborough
Wellingborough
Whetstone
Worksop

West Midlands
Balsall Common
Bedworth
Bentley Heath
Binley Woods
Coventry (£60m + £12.5m extension)
Dickens Heath
Kenilworth
Leamington Spa
Rugby
Solihull (£20m)
Warwick
Wolverhampton (£50m)
Worcester (£25m – £35m)

East of England
Beccles
Billericay
Bramford
Bury St Edmunds (£8m)
Cambridge (£20m) – c.60,000 premises
Canvey
Claydon
Eye
Felixstowe
Glinton
Great Wakering
Great Yarmouth
Hethersett
Horsford
Hullbridge
Ipswich (£30m)
Kessingland
Lowestoft (£14m)
Luton (incl. Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Luton)
March
North Walsham
Norwich (£50m) c.100,000 premises
Peterborough (£30m)
Poringland
Queens Hills
Rayleigh
Rochford
Southend (£35m) – c.100,000 premises
Spixworth
Stanford-leHope
Whittlesey
Woodbridge
Wymondham
Yaxley

South East
Adur and Worthing (£25m)
Bognor Regis
Bracknell (£20m)
Brighton & Hove (£80m)
Burghfield Common
Charvil
Chatham, Gillingham (part of the £40m Medway build)
Chichester
Christchurch (£30m – part of the deployment with Poole)
Colnbrook
Cookham Rise
Crawley
Datchet
Dorking
East Grinstead
Eastbourne
Emsworth
Eton Wick
Halling
Havant
Hayling
High Wycombe (incl. Bourne End, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Holmer Green, Tylers Green, Widmer End, Wooburn Green)
Hoo St. Werburgh
Horley
Horsham
Larkfield
Littlehampton
Maidenhead (£14m)
Maidstone
Minster
Pangbourne
Portsmouth (£32m – 87,000 premises)
Reading (£58m)
Redhill
Rochester
Sheerness
Sittingbourne
Slough (£24m)
Snodland
Spencers Wood
Steyning
Sunnymeads
Tangmere
Twyford
Windsor & Eton
Wokingham

South West
Bath (£25m)
Bournemouth (£38m)
Brockworth
Cheltenham
Ferndown
Gloucester (£31m)
Innsworth
Longford
Plymouth (£52m)
Plymstock
Poole (£30m – part of the deployment with Christchurch)
Saltash
Swindon (£40m)
Tavistock
Weston-super-Mare (£22m)

UPDATE 7:40am

While updating the rollout list we noticed that several locations were missing from Cityfibre’s rollout page, including a couple that have only been recently begun deployment. We are certain these are errors since they do appear on the official list we were sent this morning (i.e. Cityfibre’s website has simply missed them off the North East list by accident). I’ve added them in above, but for reference they are below:

Middlesbrough
North Tyneside
Sunderland
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
South Tyneside
Gateshead

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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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98 Responses
  1. Optical says:

    All we need now is for Sky to join CF network,which already has Zen & other ISP’s on board.

  2. JAH says:

    Nothing in Wales?

    1. Christopher Longford says:

      I think you will find ……. “Wales” tucked in Yorkshire and The Humber. Not sure if that’s ALL of Wales?

    2. Anna says:

      Nah they managed to miss out my town from the whole of the North East – Luckily and apparently we have Lightspeed coming here – I hope they do

  3. The Facts says:

    And there is a map to show the detail.

    1. Essa Moshiri says:

      Keen to see the map. If anyone got a link to the map and rough time lines, I.E 2021 or 2022 would be great.

  4. Stephen says:

    They are not building in my area but close by in area’s already covered by openreach and virgin. Frustrating as symmetrical speeds would be great for me as well as the cheaper price.

    1. GNewton says:

      This is a comment issue in this country, with alternative network providers overbuilding in towns which already have a fibre network by another provider.

      This is part of a failed government policy creating this digital divide in a postcode lottery style approach. Fibre broadband needs to be treated as vital utility, and be treated the same way. You don’t build multiple water pipes or power lines to the same premise, there is no need for wasteful duplications of fibre utilities. This country is more than a decade behind of where it should be with regards to fibre deployment, it needs a nationwide revised strategy and planning.

    2. Rich says:

      No, it doesn’t. Hell we don’t have mains gas or mains sewerage to the whole country, why should we have broadband nationalised and treated better than water and gas?

      The reality is that within 2 years the whole of the UK will have the option of 300mbit from Starlink, with perfectly reasonable latency. If we’d had government lead nationalised fibre it would be BT FTTP style with crappy upload speeds and even more expensive as we all end up subsidising someone wanting to live on the top of Mt. Snowden 20 miles from the nearest human.

    3. Bob says:

      Rich I think the direct comparison is between electricity lines rather than running water and sewerage. I dont think you can run water mains and sewerage overhead in a relatively cost effective manner. And it stands to reason, if these remote locations already have electricity, or a crappy copper phone line, it is achievable, albeit costly.

      If copper lines have lasted 100 or so years, and we hope full fibre will last the same, why isn’t the costs of deploying it for everyone absorbed into line rental costs over X amount of years? I would gladly pay double my line rental price for 20-30+ years if it meant I got full fibre today and it was future proofed for 100 plus years.rather then playing this stupid postcode lottery again, like FTTC and ADSL before that.

      I live in a fairly urban area for reference, although it’s clearly not a commercially viable area apparently.

    4. Fastman says:

      rich the situation you have outlined is exactly what would have happended with Laboure free (sorry its going to cost 80bn more , cost 100,000 jobs and sent the industry back the bad old day s-,

  5. Don says:

    What happened to their plans to deploy in Southampton?

  6. Dan says:

    had me fingers crossed when i clicked on this but i should have known my area had no chance hahaha

    1. Billy Nomates says:

      also not in the list. I assume because OR said they would build FTTP here, but then I spotted a nearby city that has OR FTTP and they’re building there. Oh well, hardly surprising.

    2. Matthew says:

      Ditto. I’m in low rise flats. Hyperoptic have permission from the social landlord to install into the buildings – but with just 15 flats I doubt they’ll view it viable. Luckily, as such, we just about get 40mbps sync on VDSL (Superfast 2) so we’re doing ok considering.

      Genuinely surprised no one is looking at Orsett in Essex. Billericay, Southend, Rochford, Rayleigh have multiple vendors by contrast.

    3. Matt says:

      Tbh everytime I see full fiber roll outs we’re never on list either and it’s annoying but we can get 1gbps virgin when thay bloody decide to activate it on are area there taking way to long

  7. Mark says:

    I wonder when phase 2 will begin.

  8. Sam says:

    If they can do Steyning they can bloody do my village!

    1. Peach says:

      Surprised to see that on there as well!

  9. Jamie Simms says:

    Really disappointed to see Birstall in Leicestershire missing off the list as most of this area does not even have FTTC and Openreach have no plans to add FTTP any time soon.

    It is even more strange considering that CityFibre will be doing smaller Leicestershire places like Rothley,Sileby,Great Glen and Ratby

    1. Degats says:

      Looks like Birstall is included in the Leicester rollout: http://www.cityfibre.com/rollout/

  10. JP says:

    Hmmm, don’t always pay to live in the second largest city in the UK then.

    Still great work by City Fibre thoough.

  11. Paul says:

    Good to see them coming to my area, my speeds are decent as I have G.Fast but looking forward to getting an FTTP connection. Not only a speed increase but no more copper!

  12. Somerset says:

    In Weston-super-Mare there is a road where Virgin Media are installing fibre followed 3 weeks later by CityFibre!

    1. Stephen says:

      Crazy isn’t it, why not share the build costs

    2. JP says:

      to be fair they are probably using Openreach ducts so thats as bout as much cost that can be shared.

    3. 125us says:

      @Stephen – because rivals co-operating like that is hard to legally, and no-ones wants prison time for operating a cartel.

  13. JmJohnson says:

    Mmmmm… so CityFibre are doing Claydon but no sign of Gt Blakenham which is soo close that they are literally separated by the A14 (it’s a bridge).
    Considering the size of Gt Blakenham compared to Claydon I imagine it will be covered at some point after Claydons completion.

    Registered my interest and seeing if I can get the community involved.

  14. rormeister says:

    Looks like my village (Hurst, south of Twyford in Berkshire) is also missing but surrounded by deployments! I wonder how they determine which areas they deploy to? Maybe because Gigaclear are in the area so they have chosen to skip us

  15. Mitch Charles says:

    Does anyone know how they are dealing with homes using shared drives?
    Are they trenching?
    Are they sharing BT Ducts?

    Thanks

    1. rormeister says:

      I think this will depend on what you have already in place.

      I have a shared drive with 3 other houses and my provider (Gigaclear) is looking to use the Openreach ducks already in place however they need to get agreements/commercials in place before they can use them. If there is nothing available, it’s likely they will dig a single larger POT/distribution point and then feed the different houses from that.

    2. Badem says:

      Most likely utilise wayleaves.
      The network will be built to the closest point to the properties, one TOBY for each property and then a wayleave will be needed either before your properties are released for sale or on the day of installation.

      If you are on good terms with your neighbours you could try and speak to the planners when they do the walk out and get them to install the TOBY closer to the properties

    3. Fastman says:

      that means they have no PIA agreement with Openreach

  16. Gavin says:

    Nothing in my area. I’m surprised as it was listed in the information page they wrote years ago.

    It is good news for all the places they have listed.

  17. Kyle says:

    Exciting to see that we’ve made the list. From experience, a lot of those villages (and towns) that I know of, are covered by Virgin Media. Particularly the North West ones.

  18. Cookie Monster says:

    When will Phase 2 start? For example in Blackburn there is 6G fibre already doing a build and they’ve literally installed poles all over the town..

    Will City Fibre do a full underground network or is there a chance they will utilise poles too?

  19. Danny says:

    It’s frustrating as I know they do business plans where I live and their dark fibre runs right through where I live however Wakefield and the 5 towns aren’t getting city fibre. Though we have Virgin media only 2 of the towns are on BT’S fibre roll out plan and the rest is being left alone. Added to the fact virgin’s cover is patchy in a lot areas too. This seems like a missed opportunity!

    1. CarlT says:

      Wakefield was originally listed but was removed a while back.

      Interesting. The city is going to be an anomaly having no significant FTTP coverage. No plans for Openreach to cover significant parts of the area either.

      It’s going to be the only place of any size in West Yorkshire with no CF coverage and nothing to speak of from OR.

    2. Danny says:

      Yeah I remember it being listed and was excited as such but I am no longer. Only Normanton and Castleford in the Wakefield area have been listed by OR to be receiving FTTP however the rest will be left. The City has a rather large coverage of virgin media but you are correct its definitely going to be the anomaly. All the major towns and city’s in West Yorkshire are on city fibres and OR’s rollout out plans bar Wakefield.

  20. Ben says:

    Disappointed to see Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill left off the list – seems like a massive missed opportunity.

    1. Peach says:

      Haywards Heath is being covered by Openreach

    2. FibreBubble says:

      Haywards Heath has both Virgin and Openreach in build with PR from ‘Swish’. Burgess Hill has Virgin mopping up their build and both have the council’s vanity telecom project in build.

  21. Steven Brown says:

    Without them giving install time scales it’s absolutely pointless.

    1. Ing says:

      Quite right. They have installed the cables into my road (in Southend) nine month’s ago. but as yet not go live date. Nothing from either CityFibre nor Vodaphone, who are supposedly the ISP through which we will be given access… It is a con, just to get subsidy for the fibre installation, without the pesky requirement of actually putting people online…

    2. CarlT says:

      Not going to happen. See what happened with Openreach, timescales and FTTC for why.

    3. CarlT says:

      CityFibre have received no subsidy, Ing. Their only way to make money is to bring customers online.

      There are presumably problems with network build delaying connection.

  22. Onephat says:

    Finally my location is on a list. I appreciate that this is nothing concrete but it’s a start.

  23. James™ says:

    They say Edinburgh but how much of Edinburgh does this cover?
    Is this the Edinburgh postcode, Just the Edinburgh city council area?

    1. Stephen says:

      Have a look at the map on their site

    2. James™ says:

      @Stephen, what map I couldn’t find one.

      I found this https://www.cityfibre.com/map/ but that’s not an area map

    3. John says:

      They are doing Gilmerton right now. Lochend, Clermiston, Broomhouse, Wester Hailes, Currie and Balerno have large areas complete or in build.

      They certainly aren’t doing everywhere with an EH postcode.
      They won’t venture South of Gilmerton for example (in to Midlothian Council area).

      They’ll cover most of Edinburgh Council.

    4. James™ says:

      Thank you!
      Was more looking at West Lothian area to see if they are adventuring towards Livingston area.

    5. John says:

      Nothing inbetween Balerno and Stirling at present.

    6. yeehaa says:

      Not all of Edinburgh is being covered based on the map. It seems with the exception of Balerno & Currie, everywhere West of of the City Bypass won’t be getting CityFibre access such as South Queensferry, Kirkliston and smaller areas like Ratho and Newbridge, which is a shame for those residents. I think Virgin Media have just expanded into Kirkliston , but every other one of those areas will be stuck (reliant?) on Openreach for now it seems.

  24. Sim says:

    Was hoping for something in Walsall, the closest it is showing is Wolverhampton.

  25. Jonny says:

    The £4bn price tag of these locations does put the total state spend of £5bn into perspective

    1. CarlT says:

      Unfortunately not. The state spend is top up funding. Commercial companies will be expected to spend some of their own cash on build and/or operational costs.

  26. Dylan says:

    It’s nice to see Ratby and Coalville on the list, but equally unfortunate that the nearby villages such as Kirby Muxloe and Desford, with just as many residents, are left out.

    1. Dylan says:

      After checking the coverage map, it looks like Kirby Muxloe is grouped with Leicester Forest East. With Coalville gaining the infrastructure out in the middle of nowhere, there is hope that the areas between, including the other villages to the west of Leicester Forest East, would eventually gain it too. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

    2. onephat says:

      I was really surprised to see Shepshed included but I’ll take it.

  27. Boris says:

    Quite surprised to see my little town on the list. Openreach are just finishing fttp rollout here at the moment. Soon all the farmers will have multiple fibre providers to choose from.

  28. Jamie McGlynn says:

    Luton, nice!

  29. Andrew Walker says:

    Just wondering if there is a website with “go live” dates? i.e when I can pay for the mega faster service?

    Like in Harrogate.

    1. Ing says:

      There is not such a site. It is a con. The installation of lines has been completed in my road for nine months, yet it is impossible to find out when we will be able to get the service.

  30. Archie says:

    Where’s Syston?

    I have email confirmation from CityFibre that they are coming to Syston.

    1. Onephat says:

      Just outside Leicester

  31. T. Maj says:

    Why do they miss major cities like London, Manchester, Birmingham etc..

    Surly these will be the most profitable?

    1. CarlT says:

      They are doing some of the areas where they already own networks.

    2. A_Builder says:

      Also London has a lot of competition

      Hyper optic
      Community Fibre
      G Network

      etc

      Driving around London you see a lot of FTTP street works in progress.

  32. Barney says:

    This looks like an ideal list for Openreach to use when working out which places to overbuild next…

    1. occasionally factual says:

      Given Openreach are delivering FTTP to 177k properties in the last month, I doubt they need to look at that map. Their map is a damn sight bigger already and has a hell of a lot more properties actually connected to paying services and able to order today.
      Remember in 3 years CityFibre have passed just 500k properties (from this article/press release), Openreach do that in 3 months.

    2. Fastman says:

      Openreach im sure arew able to make there own commercial decisions

      so what does openreach overbuild – please dont say cumbria or anything like that ,

  33. adslmax says:

    Shocked – nothing in Wales and Shropshire!

    1. CarlT says:

      Shropshire is easy: they’re building out from their existing metro networks and don’t have any in Shropshire.

  34. FTTP4WALES says:

    Wales is a country not a region in England!!
    .. Wales shown as a single entry..
    Does this mean 100% coverage in Wales or does it mean as per usual, when Wales is referenced Cardiff and immediate surrounding area.?

    1. CarlT says:

      None of those. It’s Wales, near Rotherham, in Yorkshire.

  35. Christopher says:

    There is no point in them doing Stoke on Trent anyway Lila is already doing it. Did my street ages ago and my house is booked in for next week

  36. Paul M says:

    Why so much overbuilding?
    I can only speculate that they want to get their fibre into btOpenReach’s ducts before those ducts get full and they would have to go to the expense of digging?

  37. Nilocrab says:

    As usual, the North of England does not exist, Cumbria totally excluded.

    1. ianh says:

      You mean north west? North east is getting a nice big helping of it. Enjoy your M6 😀

  38. Jack says:

    My area is on there providing they cover every address in the green shaded section. I hope we aren’t living the Virgin dream again of missing the odd street in the process.

    I know it’s difficult but a time scale would be nice for stage 2 areas. Just to give someone an idea how close to 2025 they will need to wait to potentially get connected.

  39. Essa Moshiri says:

    Does anyone know when the phase 2 is going to start? Any ideas? This great for competition, it could be that both Cityfiber and Virgin will be building in HW. This is only good news, yet it makes me wonder! Is it not cheaper to put in one set of infrastructure as blckfiber and allow the citizen to choose who their operator is going to be?

    1. Jack says:

      I was thinking that. If you had the option of say Virgin and say Cityfibre, are they both going to use the same toby box, or will we have a collection at the end of our driveways for each provider!

      I’m assuming Openreach don’t have one for their full fibre?

  40. David Hopps says:

    We’ve had a City fibre cable fitted outside our property in Doncaster for nearly 2 months now! I’ve contacted City Fibre quite a few times now through E-mails regarding linking to my property but unfortunately they don’t seem to be interested in replying!

    1. The Facts says:

      I think CityFibre are doing a large amount of duct to the property leading up to a live date some months later.

  41. Cheesed off says:

    More overbuild in Bath again… yet still practically no fttp in Frome apart from one estate. Missed again…

  42. hahhahahahaha says:

    Good luck with that. Maybe in the next one hundred years they will be able to order 1 gigabit broadband hahahhahahahha

  43. An internet user says:

    I’m no geography nerd but I don’t think Wales is in Yorkshire

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      Yes there is a community called Wales in South Yorkshire, as fun as that makes writing articles about this stuff :).

  44. Oggy says:

    Ach well, 2 miles from the CF cut off point and 2 miles from BT FTTP.

    I’ll just have to hope that 5G comes to my area soon.

  45. Tikka_69 says:

    So basically in Doncaster they are covering exactly where BT FTTP or Virgin Media have already done, deep joy still stuck in the stone ages on crappy FTTC at 20mb !

  46. Pirate says:

    The route goes by me to provide the next bunch of houses over but to be fair Virgin will be giving me 1000/50 in 6 months anyway and it’s not like symmetrical broadband is going to benefit me. It’ll benefit people downloading off me but I don’t care about them lol.

  47. Internetdude says:

    So glad Beccles is on the list. I’m on very slow FTTC.

  48. Rik says:

    Really pleased to see Skelmersdale on the list. We’ve only just got our first traffic light.

  49. Sharon Bedford says:

    Absolutely fantastic to see Whittlesey on the list. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take too long. I recently spoke to my MP about Openreach as we have a fast fibre box next door to our house but they won’t connect us to it. Even the MP couldn’t persuade them! Apparently they have no intention of offering it for quite a few years……so really pleased the Government stopped Openreaches monopoly, long overdue!

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