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Q1 2021 Progress Update on Wales BT FTTP Broadband Rollout

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 (1:50 pm) - Score 2,208
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The Welsh Government has released a Q1 2021 progress update on their £52.5m Phase 2 Superfast Cymru contract with BT (Openreach), which reveals that 19,919 premises (up from 15,649 in Q4 2020) have now gained access to the operator’s gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

The second contract consists of two stages, the original £22.5m deal (target of 26,000 premises by March 2021) and a much more recent £30m extension (13,000 premises by June 2022). The reason why the extension costs more, yet doesn’t go as far, is because the cost of deployment rises disproportionately as you enter those increasingly remote communities.

NOTE: The contract is deploying FTTP to tackle some of those areas in the final 4-5% of Wales that still cannot access a “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) connection.

According to the latest update from the WG, Openreach has so far built their full fibre network to a total of 19,919 premises (up from 15,649 in Dec 2020, 14,698 in Sept 2020 and 9,895 in June 2020) under the contract – of these 4,710 are in the Lot 1 area (North West Wales), 6,863 in Lot 2 (East Wales) and 8,346 in Lot 3 (South West Wales). All of these completed premises are subject to further assurance by the WG and, so far, 17,102 have been checked through that ongoing process.

On the surface, it may seem as if the first target of 26,000 premises has been missed, but that aim was actually reduced to 20,000 premises due to the impact of wider commercial builds, as well as the re-phasing of work to make the rollout more efficient with the £30m extension and the switch of some area plans from FTTC to FTTP technology (here). Not to mention that COVID-19 hasn’t always helped.

Admittedly, tens of thousands of premises are still expected to remain unserved once this contract ends, but that figure may shrink at the next review (commercial builds, such as from Openreach and Ogi, are going much deeper now). The rest will probably be tackled by the WG’s voucher schemes and community fund, but others may have to wait for the UK’s £5bn Project Gigabit scheme – the first contracts won’t be signed for that until H1 2022.

Completed Premises – Q1 2021 Breakdown by Local Authority

Wales - Superfast Cymru FTTP Broadband Rollout Q1 2021

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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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14 Responses
  1. NoName says:

    As someone in the bottom 4-5% of welsh properties still unable to access superfast speeds it’s disappointing to see there are still no plans to upgrade my area. Looks like we’ve still got a long wait.

    1. NGA for all says:

      Keep pressing. BT owe Wales a great deal of funding so the final ~30k premises should be contracted at some point. They certainly can be if the will is there.

    2. André says:

      Have you considered joining the Starlink beta?

    3. Ferndale RCT says:

      I’ve grown used to the waiting and with the flaky FTTC here in this part of RCT we’ve been told by 3 OR Engineers that bl we won’t see FTTP for about another 2 years, yet it’s in Merthyr Tydfil and another Town/Village within a couple of miles.
      OR have found we have a 1.5km stretch of Aluminium that seems to be faulty, but they won’t change it, something about the costs.
      I know the next couple of streets by me also have FTTP on the poles ready, but didn’t get to our street because it was a project OR was doing then stopped…

      As for Starlink or any other Satellite delivered broadband, not for me, it’s great speeds at the moment, but as soon as a large amount of users jump on, this will just slow, basic RF bottlenecks, great idea, but I can see it being pricey and capped as soon as it’s launched officially.

      Over thing I’ve learnt over the last 4 years since moving from England to South Wales is patience and keep mentioning it to BT and Openreach where after a while they tend to bend and give in to users with issues etc….

  2. J Jones says:

    BT miss sold me fibre optic.

    1. FTTP4WALESLOT3 says:

      Me too matey..

  3. WonkoTheSaneUK says:

    Here in Flintshire, Openreach ran FTTP to every pole in my town in the last couple of months.

    I booked with Sky (my current ISP) to send an engineer on the 28th of June, to switch me from FTTC (cab 1km away in exchange car park) to FTTP (from the pole 30m away).

    Let’s see what actually happens…

    1. Aled says:

      I can see BT Openreach have gone bananas in Flintshire. They are apparently actively upgrading 10+ BT exchanges to FTTP in Flintshire alone.

      They regularly publish their map of ongoing works, it’s surprisingly active in Wales right now. Heck – they are even mapping surprisingly rural parts of Mid-Wales/Powys as in the pipeline for FTTP!


  4. CeredigionMan says:

    I’m interested where the document referred to can be found, as I can’t see it within this article, or am I missing something?

  5. John Hollywood says:

    My ADSL in Boduan (LL536DP), is slower than 15 years ago. A Partially built Fibre solution, has now been abandoned by WG and OpenReach, even though Fibre Cable is on poles with their Fibre node green Boxes. And unused Fibre strewn in Spools on the ground. They claim it does not exist. There is a cluster of 4-5 businesses 10 Domestic properties involved. BT/OpenReach want £123,000 to fix their neglected infrastructure, go figure.

    1. Fastman says:


      the biggest issue of this is how much of this has actually been completed end to end so you could have some things on a pole you have something coiled up but it its not proved or live or a path all the way back to the headend if like a motorway where there is a slip road to get on and a slip road to get off but nothing in the middle for miles and miles and miles

  6. Noah Kavanagh says:

    We are over 6 miles from the exchange. As a result ADSL is unusable and the phone line is very quiet and crackly. There have been various companies offering wireless broadband through government grants. They all provide poor service. They take their grant money and run, providing a poor service, and very poor customer service as well.

    One such company is Dyfed IT. They did a terrible, messy installation job. The antenna needs line of sight, but antenna has been installed so low that vegetation and other obstacles block the line of sight. I have spent months trying to get them to relocate it to no avail. They make excuses, forget who I am, and have made error after error. My point is they are totally inept. The last company I would want installing fibre is them. Openreach are bad enough, but Dyfed IT are the worst provider I have ever dealt with. They’re even worse than Talk Talk, and that’s saying something.

    I heard through the grape Vine that in order to get fttp in my location, Mynachlogddu, that I would have to be with Dyfed IT. They sent a letter saying that they would migrate us over to their fttp service, and we wouldn’t have to do anything. They said there would be a 12 month contract, but we’re unable to confirm if we could move provider after that. I would like to know, if I don’t let them do the install, will Openreach eventually install fttp, so I can go with Andrews and Arnold, who I was happily using for several years at my previous address? Or am I stuck with these cowboys?

    1. Leigh says:

      We live in llewellyn grove malpas newport gwent.we keep getting mugged off by openreach that our house and street are not even on the fast fibre upgrade list.and the reason is the phone cabinet is 60 to 70 metres away and across the road by our local school.so I have to put up with bt broadband copper wire and download speed of 7.89mb which is slow.we can only use one device and if you want to watch or stream tv or a movie it buffers.our bt internet stops working 1 to 2 times a year and we have to get a bt engineer out to fix the copper wiring outside.and have to wait a week and a half without broadband for an engineer.we pay a premium for bt tv and broadband that is not good.ive been to Mexico which is a poor country compared to the United Kingdom and they have super fast internet of 40mb/60mb.and to add insult openreach asked me if my neighbours and I would like to chip in together and pay for our fast fibre upgrade.just dig a trench across the little road and upgrade us.and the funny thing is my parents live a three minute walk away and they have bt infinity fast fibre broadband.the uk government say openreach have been given money to get all of the United Kingdom on fibre and 3 years on I still got super slow unreliable copper bt broadband.upgrade us please…

  7. Sandy Lane says:

    I can’t find any information about if/when fibre will arrive at ch6 6ey, Bagillt. It’s hard to believe that it’s 2021 and 1.5mb is all that’s available.

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