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Openreach Adds 551 UK Locations to FTTP Broadband Rollout UPDATE

Thursday, Jun 24th, 2021 (12:01 am) - Score 47,576
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Openreach (BT) will today add 551 new UK cities and towns to the rollout plan for their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network. The latest batch of locations accounts for a total of 5 million extra premises, all of which will be upgraded as part of their £15bn project to cover 25 million premises by December 2026.

At present the operator’s full fibre deployment has already covered over 5 million UK homes and businesses (1.9 million were added during 2020/21), which is running at a build rate of c.43,000 premises per week. In addition, Openreach are seeing orders for this service – via various ISPs (e.g. BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Vodafone, Zen Internet etc.) – running at an average rate of c.17,000 per week.

NOTE: Some 6.2 million premises in their plan are in rural or semi-rural areas (here).

However, the plan to reach 25 million (c.80% of UK premises) means that their deployment pace will continue to ramp-up until it hits a peak of c.75,000 premises per week, and that equates to about 4 million premises deployed a year. In order to achieve this Openreach’s own engineers will need to be supported by those from contractors including Kier, MJ Quinn and Telent.

The accelerated deployment also means that Openreach will need to announce many more locations for their future build, which is reflected by today’s announcement of a further 551 locations. Virtually all of today’s additions are focused on urban or suburban areas, stretching from Bournemouth, in Dorset, Dunfermline, in Scotland, Kettering, in the East Midlands, to Sunderland in the North East, and Wrexham, in Wales.

Overall, more than 2,400 UK towns, cities, boroughs, villages and hamlets have now been included in their “Fibre First” rollout programme. We should point out that today’s list adds 5 million more premises to their plan, which means that it is by no means a complete picture, and more build announcements will follow further down the road.

Clive Selley, Openreach CEO, said:

“Nobody’s building Full Fibre faster, further or at a higher quality than Openreach in the UK. Our engineers and build partners are working flat-out to deliver this life-changing technology to rural, urban and suburban communities all over the country and we’re delighted to be fleshing out our plans with more details about where and when we’ll be building.

More than a million customers are already enjoying our most revolutionary and reliable broadband ever. It’s the next generation of internet that’s ready for anything. You can surf, shop, play, work and learn without skipping a beat – so check out our website to see when we’re coming to your street.”

The expansion of Openreach’s commercial build also means there will be less of a gap for the Government’s £5bn Project Gigabit programme to fill, although it may also put additional pressure on some alternative network providers that were targetting some of the same areas. Indeed, we’ve already heard of examples where project’s involving rural gigabit vouchers have been disrupted by Openreach’s expanded rural plans.

On the other hand, the operator’s rollout will still leave around 20% of premises unserved, which is what Project Gigabit will aim to tackle. Deployment costs rise disproportionately the further you go outside urban areas and Openreach has previously claimed that those in the final 10% could cost £4K each to pass or more (here), which would not be economically viable for most commercial-only builds.

Otherwise, work on these latest locations will start “later this year” and some of them will not complete until the final December 2026 date. As usual, you can view the full list on Openreach’s website, although at the time of writing it wasn’t yet live (expected later this morning).

NOTE: Openreach, like most operators, won’t always cover 100% of premises in every location they build to, and sometimes they’ll come back later to infill further coverage. Long term build plans can also be subject to change, such as when a location is found to be more expensive than modelled, due to various obstacles.

UPDATE 9:27am

It took a bit longer than we’d have liked, but Openreach has finally published the Updated List (PDF).

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By Mark Jackson
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100 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Mike says:

    Looks like work starts ~year after publishing date, with availability after another year.

    1. Avatar photo Ryan says:

      Not in my town listed March 2020 ish. Nothing has happened since and looking at the roadworks planner for the next 12 months nothing is going to happen.

      It was listed as rural 2024 but now just says in plan. Just wish we had a rough year for it because if it takes another 2 years then I will just order starlink.

    2. Avatar photo Michael says:

      Yet again Darlington is a forgotten town, what a joke

    3. Avatar photo Andrew Young says:

      Openreach appalling. I signed up to FTTP through the CFP by DCMS. Promised I was included and that a voucher for install would be sent. Then nothing. When I chased it took them over a month to reply and say I wasn’t included but no reason. My MP has taken up my case and Ofcom has issued a complaint ref but still nothing from Openreach.

  2. Avatar photo Ray Woodward says:

    See there is yet again nothing remotely local to my area of the country …

    1. Avatar photo CarlT says:

      The new information hasn’t gone up yet, Ray.

  3. Avatar photo Sam says:

    Roll on 2024 then!

  4. Avatar photo Paul says:

    My area on the map is purple but I know Openreach are not doing my road, they stopped at my road when they where deploying the fttp last year. I enquired with my local MP who got in touch with Openreach, they said they stopped as it would cost too much to do my road. So that map is inaccurate unless they changed their mind within the last 2 – 3 weeks.

    1. Avatar photo CarlT says:

      The map is fine. The rest of the page makes clear what’s being shown and that the granularity is on an exchange level, not per property.

      If that were required there would be no map or list of plans full stop.

    2. Avatar photo Iru says:

      Same issue for Grove Vale area in Sandwell.

      Complained to BT and to my MP. However was told that they will be skipping this area because of high cost of install

  5. Avatar photo Optimist says:

    The BT Openreach document would be more useful if it were ordered by geographical are e.g. county, and showed the status of every exchange – currently some are omitted entirely.

  6. Avatar photo Josh says:

    Whenever I click to view lists of locations it is still the document from May that downloads. Is this this the most up to date version?

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      No, as the article says, the latest revision isn’t live yet. I have asked when it will be going up, as it seems a bit silly to announce the locations and then not publish the list.

  7. Avatar photo ianh says:

    I think they must be updating now…the coloured map has changed since i first looked earlier. My area is now in the “by 2025” category but CityFibre are at the entrance to the street so i cant grumble 🙂

    I still remembering looking at the map a while back and it went from leeds to scotland without anything. Time flies.

    1. Avatar photo Sam says:

      Im confused so I live in a Market town listed does it mean it could take up to the end of 2026?

    2. Avatar photo Meadmodj says:

      @Sam. If an exchange area is listed then it is very likely you are covered but yes full coverage may not be until 2026 depending on copper/exchange closure priorities. However OR have only committed to 25m UK premises and there are 31m premises (rising) and some of furthest parts of exchange areas may require subsidy which OR may not get.

  8. Avatar photo David Jones says:

    We have to acknowledge that Openreach and altnets are building at speed now.

    Does this mean we are likely to start seeing consolidation in the altnet market as surely they will struggle to compete when all the normal retail ISP’s can start selling FTTP?

    I assume the pace of new altnets will also slow now. If Openreach build in a location first surely a new Altnet onto the market won’t overbuild.

  9. Avatar photo Jack says:

    Still nothing for me on there. My hopes are that Cityfibre now beat Openreach to it. Looking forward to going with someone else in any case!

  10. Avatar photo Winston Smith says:

    Teesside appears to be absent from the list apart from a largely uninhabited area south of Darlington.

    1. Avatar photo Michael says:

      Yeah the main parts of Darlington that people actually live in are just a forgotten location, seriously p’d about this

  11. Avatar photo David Lomax says:

    They have changed the legend on the map, and pushed back my entire area to December 2026! It doesn’t make sense, because the other day it said “Build in Progress” for Swadlincote, and now it’s by end of 2026!? What? Now the map is useless for tracking progress.

    1. Avatar photo Ben says:

      I believe the new map just shows the phase now, up until build complete at which point it goes green. I’ve seen a few areas that were previously in progress move to ‘Built by 2026’. I think part of the reason is that parts of exchange areas may well be done in separate phases and so while one village may be done in the next year or so, the other areas on the exchange won’t be done until 2025/26. Unfortunately it’s not very helpful for seeing what areas can expect to see something in the near future, hopefully that will change with future revisions.

    2. Avatar photo David Lomax says:

      I moaned on Twitter about the new map. Got a response from Openreach – see below. If you’re not happy with the new map, please send them a complaint by filling in the other comments field in the form below:

      Hi, if you can fill this form in for me please. http://opnr.ch/FibreBroadbandAvailability our team can look into this for you and see what is happening with the project in your area. ^Gareth

  12. Avatar photo Paul says:

    The list makes no sense, the area I live in is marked as complete but my road has not been upgraded to fttp.
    Am I missing something?

    1. Avatar photo CarlT says:

      ‘Details at an exchange level are shown only where Openreach expects that it will build in the greater majority of the relevant exchange.’

      Not all of it.

    2. Avatar photo Paul says:

      thanks for copying and pasting that information, I really dont know what I would do without you Carl.
      I still dont know when my road will get fttp so the information from openreach is useless.

    3. Avatar photo CarlT says:

      The world doesn’t revolve around you, Paul, and while the information may be useless to you personally Openreach don’t publish schedules on their website for Paul, Carl or any other single person.

      I’m not sure what you’re struggling to comprehend here. As far as the ‘Fibre First’ programme is concerned your exchange is done.

      Some future infill is likely but the main build is done.

    4. Avatar photo Paul says:

      I’m sorry for taking it out on you Carl, I just don’t understand why Openreach do all the backend stuff on the exchange then not do my road as it would cost too much.
      I have no idea when they will now do it now. Next year? Year after? 2027?
      Surely you can see where I’m coming from here. I know they have a lot of work to do but they should have a better mapping system where you can zoom in to roads to find more up to date information on the build.

    5. Avatar photo Alex says:

      Paul it’s pretty simple – Openreach build to as many homes as possible in the exchange area. They stop where it becomes not commercially viable.

    6. Avatar photo GNewton says:

      @CarlT: It is a reasonable request from end users like Paul when they want to know when their premises or roads will get fttp. It is bad enough when telecom companies won’t provide proper information in this postcode lottery scenario.

    7. Avatar photo The Facts says:

      @GN – the telecomms companies used to give predicted dates and then someone who posted here complained to the ASA and they stopped doing it.

    8. Avatar photo GNewton says:

      @TheFacts: Any details or links on this? ASA isn’t exactly doing its job, see e.g. the ‘fibre broadband’ farce.

    9. Avatar photo CarlT says:

      Given you jumped in with your evidently uneducated judgment Mr Newton I’ll refrain from Googling for you, though this is a matter of public record.

      You clearly know best. Who am I or, indeed, reality, to disagree?

  13. Avatar photo AnotherTim says:

    OR are building not too far from my location in the village of Hewelsfield in the Forest of Dean – but it is not on the list or the map, so the list isn’t the only places builds may happen.

  14. Avatar photo Nick says:

    Don’t take the map or listed dates too seriously. In my local area in Staffordshire, Stone has pretty much finished all the civils works and FTTP is live for ordering in the whole area and has now gone back to “will be done by Dec 2026” and Cannock is another where civils are in progress and has now gone back to 2026. Newcastle-U-Lyme has totally vanished yet was geared to start in the next 3 months. Stafford has just popped on the list today, however One.Network has a suspiciously high amount of BT civils going on in the vacinity of the main exchange. Also a suburb in Stafford (Meadowcroft Park) which was built 20+ years ago has been retrofitted with OR FTTP and I can’t figure out why as it covers one particular PCP.

    1. Avatar photo David Lomax says:

      Thanks Nick; that’s helpful. I’m also in Staffordshire. Swadlincote just went from “Build in Progress” to “to be done by Dec 2026”, so I was devastated.

  15. Avatar photo Aictos says:

    Interesting that some locations don’t have any competition for FTTP installations eg Virgin Media has the monopoly so residents have no option but to pay the high fees that they charge.

    Tiens such as Luton etc….

    1. Avatar photo Simon says:

      That’s what I’m seeing here. Towns of Trowbridge, Westbury and Warminster that are served by Virgin Media aren’t on the list at all. I’m beginning to come to terms that Openreach aren’t bringing FTTP here and the only hope is going to be AltNets.

    2. Avatar photo Ivor says:

      meanwhile most of the places in the “cities” part of the rollout already do have Virgin and/or various altnets. They’re clearly not ignoring places just because someone else is already there.

      It’s fair to say that Openreach will be bringing FTTP everywhere at some point – the copper simply has to go, the PSTN is going, and they won’t want to maintain ADSL/FTTC equipment in what would be the increasingly few places that won’t have FTTP

    3. Avatar photo Stan says:

      Except even in Luton there are areas with no VM, no chance of FTTP anytime now yet hHarpenden and Leighton Buzzard are in the list

  16. Avatar photo Mark J says:

    Our exchange (Kirby Misperton) isn’t listed and we’re about 5.5 miles from the exchange with ~0.5Mbps d/l speeds over copper.

    Luckily we have a decent microwave rollout so get a solid 30Mbps connection.

    However, last week they starting trenching fibre down our (very) rural lane so things are looking up for faster/cheaper options.

    Anyone know how long it takes from trenching to possible installation ?

    1. Avatar photo AnotherTim says:

      Trenching in an area doesn’t necessarily mean that area is going to get FTTP. OR installed fibre past our house several years ago – but only to install backhaul for another area miles away.

  17. Avatar photo Simon says:

    From analysing the data that feeds the maps on their website, in the May announcement, there were 1848 exchanges included in the list, increasing to 2205 exchanges in this latest announcement (an increase of 357 exchanges).

    39 exchanges seem to have dropped off the map since May – but some of those are still included in the PDF list. Which list should we believe?

    1. Avatar photo James™ says:

      @Simon, Where did you find the data that feeds the map?

    2. Avatar photo Jonathan says:

      I noticed a bunch in Fife have gone, and there is nothing for Northumberland in the PDF. One gets the feelimg that the PDF is not accurate.

    3. Avatar photo The Facts says:

      @Jonethan – look for exchange names like Otterburn or Rothbury.

    4. Avatar photo Jonathan says:

      The first column is council area, it’s alphabetical, and devoid of any mention of Northumberland.

  18. Avatar photo Granola says:

    It seems to me that they were overstretching themselves before this announcement. In the village where I live they are getting one pole ready at a time with a 3-4 week gap before moving on to another pole, and this is only for pull-thoughs. Presumably this allows them to claim they are building in so many areas at once – but why it takes so long to get to completion.

  19. Avatar photo drevilbob says:

    Massive wards of Cardiff have had their exchanges left off the list e.g. Llanrumney & Llanedeyrn genuinely makes me think what’s going through their minds in regards to cardiff especially as it’s a capital city with a poor FTTC rollout.

    1. Avatar photo LL says:

      Poor FTTC rollout, both those wards and neighbouring wards have very good FTTC and Virgin coverage. Unfortunately Openreach can’t do everywhere at once and these areas will likely join the list in the future

    2. Avatar photo drevilbob says:

      What I meant by poor FTTC rollout was the fact that the actual network cabling in those areas is quite fragmented especially in Rumney where the copper seems to dry up and aluminium is used everywhere. Plus I think Cabinet 12 (DSLAM) alone in that area serves at least 800 houses which has caused increased crosstalk because all the cabinets in that area use ECI so vectoring whatsoever

  20. Avatar photo adslmax says:

    Openreach added 551 locations for FTTP including Telford between 2021 and 2026:
    Telford and Wrekin Dawley Yes
    Telford and Wrekin Hollinswood Yes
    Telford and Wrekin Newport Yes
    Telford and Wrekin Oakengates Yes between 2021 and 2026. Cuckoo Oak is left out!
    Telford and Wrekin Cuckoo Oak is left out between 2021-2026 – I am fuming! I hate you Openreach!

    1. Avatar photo JamesP says:

      Says someone that has a perfectly reasonable/fast GFast connection…!

    2. Avatar photo Fastman says:

      AdSL max if you want it fund it you self via CFP or FOD

      Uk is bigger thatn cuckoo oak

  21. Avatar photo JmJohnson says:

    Not listed 🙁
    OR to the north and south of me (directly, a stones throw away).
    CityFibre to the east and the south (directly, a stones throw away).

    However… after speaking to OR and CityFibre it appears that both have tendered to BDUK for Great Blakenham and we’re currently awaiting the Public Review so should hear something by 2022.

  22. Avatar photo Lewis says:

    Here’s a question for anyone that has contacts in OR.

    They announced the town ‘Woodham Ferrers’ in the last lot of additional rural market towns. I live in ‘South Woodham Ferrers’ and both Woodham Ferrers and South Woodham Ferrers are served by the same Exchange names Woodham Ferrers. Oddly enough, the exchange itself is based in South Woodham Ferrers.

    Is OR using ‘Woodham Ferrers’ to include all of Woodham Ferrers (i.e. Woodham Ferrers and South Woodham Ferrers) or are they literally only going to serving the very limited number of houses that are in Woodham Ferrers that most already have an FTTP line?

    I’m currently stuck on FTTC and would really like FTTP in the near future. Especially as OR are actively building out FTTP in every town surrounding us in South Woodham Ferrers (no joke, check it out on their rollout map, it’s hilarious).

    1. Avatar photo Badem says:

      I am in similar position with the town served by 2 Exchanges (LVELL and LVHOO) yet the rollout states only 1 exchanged.

      Based on my knowledge of FTTP rollouts so far I am expecting the larger LVELL to be converted for FTTP and then service the entire town and LVHOO to be closed when all the copper connections from it are finally obsoleted…

    2. Avatar photo Jonesey says:

      @Badem Hooton along with Ellesmere Port Exchange has been on the FTTP rollout list since September 2020, Work is due to start in the next 3 months according to the Openreach Fibre Cities map https://api.superfastmaps.co.uk/fibrecities/1.0/?city=Hooton and has been indicating this for the last 2 months. Last week I noticed 2 MJ Quinn vans were in my road and 2 people in MJ Quinn Hi Vis PPE were rodding and roping between boxes.
      May have been unrelated but as all the local properties are direct UG connected it looks promising!

  23. Avatar photo Sussex Fibre says:

    This will not be all the exchanges to cover the 25 million, the ones they have added are due to be built within the next 3 years. Looking at Sussex alone – Chichester, Littlehampton, Rustington, Middleton, Pagham, Crawley, Poundhill, Burgess Hill, Brighton Kemptown, Peacehaven, Steyning, Polegate and Uckfield are all places I would expect OR to build

  24. Avatar photo The Facts says:

    Many of the usual ‘why not me’ comments!

    1. Avatar photo Winston Smith says:

      It’s a reasonable question.

      Looking at the map, most urban areas are covered with some notable exceptions.
      Some of those will have other FTTP providers but some don’t.

      Larger rural towns seem to be better served.

    2. Avatar photo GNewton says:

      So what’s your point?

    3. Avatar photo The Facts says:

      @GN – still trolling me! The point is obvious.


    4. Avatar photo GNewton says:

      @TheFacts: Rather than looking down on others with your offending posts when they have a different opinion, why can’t you answer this simple question? Or don’t post at all, or feel free to complain to the forum moderator.

  25. Avatar photo Gigabit says:

    Wandsworth! Wahey!

  26. Avatar photo JamesP says:

    Think Openreach are going to have to get a move on after all these announcements. Based on progress with deployments I have seen over the past few years that appear to take many months (or years), I fail to see how they plan to get most of the rollout currently in plan completed by December 2026! That’s a monumental effort required.

    Perhaps it will be like the university days and it all gets left to close to the deadline! :o)

    1. Avatar photo adslmax says:

      More likely fully completed by 2030! Never mind 2026!

  27. Avatar photo Steffan Omazik says:

    I Dont see south Lanarkshire ie East Kilbride ?

  28. Avatar photo Peter says:

    No listing for Gorebridge at all and the openreach site has listings up to 2026 and Virginmedia has also pulled back on building out my part of Gorebridge on one.networks site.

    At this rate I’m going to need to move house as I cant wait more than 4 year for access better than 55Mbps off of FTTC.

    Feeling a bit of despair about the pace of FTTC via any provider, hell we all saw this coming 10 years ago and they have all sat on their asses and done nothing. Same goes for the Government!!!

  29. Avatar photo adslmax says:

    Next 3 months / next 12 months now pushed back to 2021-2022 & 2022-2026. I wouldn’t be too surprised if they pushed back again 2026-30 next few years later!

    1. Avatar photo CarlT says:

      That’d push Cuckoo Oak back even further. That’s kinda cool.

  30. Avatar photo Matt says:

    It says on the Openreach website on my postcode that they started the rollout of full fibre but I’ve never seen an Openreach van also what does that mean I’m getting it soon or what?

  31. Avatar photo Matt says:

    This should have been done years ago

  32. Avatar photo AndyC says:

    Well if we have to wait till 2026 for them to start (carlisle) i think they will find the whole city will have signed up to grain who are already building here.

    Really hope I’ve read it wrong.

    1. Avatar photo The Facts says:

      It’s a complete date.

  33. Avatar photo Mike says:

    This is too little and about 20 years too late – Virgin Media installed FTTP around the turn of the millennium and OpenReach are still playing catch up. I’ve just moved from BT to Three because their 5G service is faster (500Mbit/s typical) and cheaper (£25/month). I know 5G isn’t available everywhere yet – but the rollout is faster than FTTP.

    1. Avatar photo CarlT says:

      FTTP in Dolphin Square as a small trial perhaps but nowhere else.

    2. Avatar photo Ivor says:

      Virgin Media didn’t exist until 2007, and didn’t start doing FTTH in any real scale until a few years ago. NTL and Telewest were mired in debt, going through US bankruptcy proceedings, and not making any serious investments in coverage.

      Even then, it’s RFoG, so right now no actual difference for customers. The overwhelming majority of their network is HFC, not fibre to the home, even if they started the whole “fibre optic broadband” advertising mess to convince people otherwise.

      More people can get Openreach FTTP than can get three 5G, and you’ll find that lovely headline speed to keep going down as people actually get 5G handsets and you no longer have the cell site to yourself.

  34. Avatar photo GB says:

    Kind of disappointed that many parts of West London were not included, but there are higher priority areas. Hopefully there will be a build sometime in the next few years.

    1. Avatar photo Ben says:

      Same here. I don’t understand why neither BT or the alternatives are interested. It must be the highest (or one of the highest) density/wealth area in the UK. I realise that it’s not all shiny new streets and housing estates, so poses some challenges. But surely the returns would be enough to make it worthwhile. A high density of customers that won’t really be worried about paying out for gigabit broadband and have stable incomes. The only competition is Virgin, and they are rubbish.

    2. Avatar photo GB says:

      Yeah, that’s true. It would be nice to see, for example, G.Network come into Ealing, Brent and Hounslow, as many older properties in these areas only have a choice between Openreach FTTC and Virgin at the moment.

  35. Avatar photo Sam S says:

    I dont want FTTP, i would be happy with G.Fast! Do Openreach stick G.fast pods on Huawei AIO PCP’s??

    1. Avatar photo adslmax says:

      I think ADSL2 / FTTC / G.fast will be phased out by Openreach by 2030.

    2. Avatar photo Ribble says:

      No they don’t, and they stopped adding g.fast completely about 2 years ago

  36. Avatar photo Mark says:

    If copper is going to be retired in a decade or so, what will happen to the areas left if no building by Openreach or any other provider? Especially if the USO can’t be achieved by mobile networks, would it have to be Starlink? Just curious would it come down to just switching off copper and just tough, theres some towns and large villages untouched.

  37. Avatar photo Rich says:

    This new map is weird as the village next to me is currently having all the new poles installed and was “in build” but has now changed to “by 2026”. My own village was “in plan” and is now “by 2026” but I got held up by traffic lights at the weekend as they were pulling the fibre along the Main Street.

  38. Avatar photo Meadmodj says:

    With “by 2026” OR retains flexibility if circumstances change
    There is no reason why OR cannot support a small percentage of a telephone area with SOGEA for a future FTTP tranche.
    If an Altnet is present or moves in then any obligation of the current or a revised USO would not apply.
    OR are maximising their limited investment/resource in the most effective way
    These central plans do not include New Build, Devolved Government or BDUK schemes, USO initiatives or service expedients.
    Building out in these areas to aggregation points (often near cabinet locations) then enables them have the flexibility to change their plans as market, competition and priorities etc change (which they will).
    Demand for higher speed products will lag by a few years and those “needing” the Full Fibre Speeds are likely to jump anyway and I think OR have already factored that in where there will be a Altnet/VM bun fight.

  39. Avatar photo dee.jay says:

    Woo! by 2026… Least I’m on the list, I guess!

  40. Avatar photo Mike80 says:

    We had an Openreach surveyors down our street searching for a BT manhole cover that’s in our front garden for the purposes. Previous owners had covered it in mulch (!) Surveyor said it was preparatory work for fibre rollout, so not surprised to see my exchange in the list.

    Perhaps we might have a choice of three providers in a few years: Cityfibre and Virgin Media have both been digging up the area – both are close, but not quite to our house – unspecified access issues apparently. Perhaps Openreach will pip them to the post?

  41. Avatar photo Paul Curry says:

    My somewhat gigantic CFP has been in the “pending quote” stage for a while, and now the 2026 update covers the entire CFP area. Interesting. I wonder if they’ll let us proceed, or make us wait until 2026…

  42. Avatar photo The Facts says:

    The current list is 2608 cities, towns or villages on 2387 exchanges.

  43. Avatar photo Simon says:

    Still absolutely nothing in Andover. I presume since Virgin has a strong presence here, even though it can’t be received on my road despite all the surrounding roads having virgin.

  44. Avatar photo Ann Myerscough says:

    Can somebody explain to me what the point is of BT digital voice service? ( which apparently we now have). If the broadband is working then we can use wifi calling on our mobiles and the landline seems completely redundant. Previously the landline was useful in a power cut (as we live in an area of uncertain mobile coverage) but that is no longer the case as it now relies on the hub. . Am I missing something here?

    1. Avatar photo BILL says:

      Fibre needs power, add a UPS battery if you’re worried.

  45. Avatar photo BILL says:

    Openreach are a joke, we have over head cables in the countryside Furneux Pelham, East Herts, SG9, my broadband is so bad, BT credited £280 to my account for downtime. The fibre cable from exchange is down the road and goes to lots of houses, but guess what, they didn’t come to our road as we are close to 1980’s cabinet and crap degrading copper cables and still we are in no plans on the map. Community fibre want me to sign up 65 properties, so I can get gov voucher of £1500, this is a right joke, the gov said rural first not towns. Why should I do all the work? When our lines are not fit for purpose. Openreach, BT and Kim (CEO) O yes talked to her and done nothing for our village. I think gigaclear are going to run fibre over BT poles Ive heard. So more fool them.

  46. Avatar photo Jordan says:

    You can’t blame openreach for this delay in fibre they wanted to roll it out in the 80s but good old Maggie thatcher said they would monopolise and stopped them she’s the reason the company is so behind I feel sorry for openreach but yes it is a long process

  47. Avatar photo Steven Bright says:

    I’m intrigued that Tiptree that is an 01621 code is being done with Colchester an 01206 code
    And Maldon an 01621 code is being done separately…
    I would have assumed areas were done via exchanges codes…or could some area codes be changed ?

  48. Avatar photo Paul says:

    Is there a way I can find out when my old copper phone service will switch over to the new VoIP phone? I have everything set up and ready. Getting impatient.

  49. Avatar photo BoredWithIT says:

    Can’t be bothered to wait … I’m moving to a new build with FTTP already in.


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