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Openreach Publish Next 36 UK FTTP Broadband Rollout Areas

Thursday, April 14th, 2022 (12:01 am) - Score 26,544
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Openreach (BT) has today added another 36 new locations (towns and villages) to their £15bn rollout of a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network. The operator has also confirmed that their full fibre network has now covered 7 million UK premises.

The rollout is currently running at a build rate of c.50,000 premises per week – roughly equating to around 800 metres of cable every minute – and this is predicted to peak at c.75,000 premises per week at some point in the future (i.e. up to 4 million premises per year, which compares with the 1.9 million added in 2020/21).

NOTE: Openreach’s goal is to reach 25 million premises (80%+ of the UK) by December 2026 and 6.2 million of those being targeted are in rural and semi-rural areas (here).

The operator has already announced a large chunk of their build plan for the next few years, but there are still more locations to be added and today’s list of 36 new locations is estimated to add another half a million premises to their rollout plan (all of today’s additions are for England). In total, more than 2,700 UK towns, cities, boroughs, villages and hamlets have now been included into the company’s build programme.

The latest list (see bottom of this article) includes locations such as: Accrington, in Lancs; Boldon, in Tyne & Wear; Dudley, West Mids; Hornchurch, Gtr London; Kemptown, East Sussex; Manningham, West Yorks; and West Houghton in Greater Manchester.

Clive Selley, Openreach CEO, said:

“Over a whopping seven million homes can now connect to our Full Fibre network which is a fantastic achievement. We’ve come a long way – it took eight years for us to pass our first million premises, but only four months to pass our latest million.

We’re the UK’s leading network builder – going further and faster than all our competitors put together, and we’re still getting faster and building further every week, every quarter, And that’s important because it signals to the markets that we’re delivering what we promised. This is a life-changing technology and we’re delighted to be adding more towns and villages to our build programme today.

We believe that full fibre is the future for the UK and that’s why we want to deliver full fibre broadband to 25 million UK homes and businesses by December 2026. The shift from copper to fibre will be every bit as significant as the move from analogue to digital and black and white tv to colour. By eventually retiring analogue phone lines, we will be creating a simplified network which allows us to meet the enhanced needs of an increasingly digital society.”

More than 1.5 million homes and businesses have already connected to the new network and demand continues to grow – with the company handling around 35k new orders every week. The service, once live, can be ordered via various ISPs, such as BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Vodafone, Giganet and many more (Openreach FTTP ISP Choices) – it is not currently an automatic upgrade.

However, Openreach’s commercial rollout will still leave around 20% of premises unserved by their full fibre network, but some of those will be tackled by alternative network providers (as is already the case in quite a few areas). Meanwhile, for locations with no gigabit connectivity options or related plans, the Government’s £5bn Project Gigabit will attempt to help fill the gap and BT may well scoop some of those contracts.

In keeping with that, we note with interest that today’s announcement references their deployment to 2026 as being the “first phase” of their full fibre rollout, which would appear to suggest that they intend a second phase post-2026. This may of course just be a reference to Project Gigabit, but future commercial plans are also a possibility.

NOTE: Such build lists are tentative, which means that some locations may be removed (e.g. if found to be too expensive due to complications) and others added. Openreach has not yet completed their rollout plan, so more updates will follow in the future.

April 2022 Additions (36) to Openreach’s Full Fibre Build
Accrington – Lancashire
Boldon – Tyne and Wear
Brierley Hill – West Midlands
Dudley – West Midlands
Freckleton – Lancashire
Goodmayes – Greater London
Harrow – Greater London
Harrowden – Northamptonshire
Henley on Thames – Oxfordshire
Hornchurch – Greater London
Hounslow – Greater London
Kempston – Bedfordshire
Kemptown – East Sussex
Kingswinford – West Midlands
Kirby Muxloe – Leicestershire
Kneller Hall – Greater London
Knutsford – Cheshire
Manningham – West Yorkshire
Middleton – Greater Manchester
Montfort – Leicestershire
Mortlake – Greater London
Moulton – Northamptonshire
Pontefract – West Yorkshire
Priory – West Midlands
Richmond – Greater London
Sandal – West Yorkshire
Seacroft – West Yorkshire
South Shields – Tyne and Wear
South Shore – Lancashire
Teddington – Greater London
Turton – Lancashire
Upminster – Greater London
Wanstead – Greater London
Washington – Tyne and Wear
Westhoughton – Greater Manchester
Whitburn – Tyne and Wear

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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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56 Responses
  1. Phil says:

    Again Cuckoo Oak are left out

    1. Binary says:

      @Phil – But you could say that about any of the great many other areas not yet on the list.

    2. J Stein says:

      so?

      They fitted FTTP in my town and left my entire estate of 500+ houses out of the build.

    3. Fastman says:

      intersting so either its reasonably knoew and it wasnt recorded properly or its a 1970/80s estate and its direct in ground so would have been removed on cost basis

    4. Sharon says:

      Hope when they do get round to they dont leave the mess they left at my property

  2. Ryan says:

    I would remove UK and just say England with this list.

    1. Bill says:

      Spot on!

  3. Geoff says:

    When an area is listed as in the article, does that mean that FTTP will be installed to every home in that area?

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      No, deployments from all operators tend to vary, there isn’t a set rule, so some will reach 100% but others might only be 30-40% of premises. Sadly, operators don’t always broadcast their exact coverage plan for each community.

    2. KCL-Splicer says:

      As mark said no they don’t. I’m a splicer working on the Openreadh network and their rollout has 2 phases to a PON. One is initial build and the other is ultimate build. The ultimate build covers all properties on that PON whereas the initial does not, we only work to initial build I’m afraid.

  4. OS2 patch lead says:

    Upton Park (London) left out again while neighbouring areas are on the list. Ilford North was done in 2011 odd, now Wanstead, Goodmayes, Hornchurch and Upminster. CommunityFibre have installed fibre nodes to basically every single telegraph pole, meaning ducts have been cleared. OR could capitalise on some of the work already having being done so it’s easier to get the fibre to DPs, but no. Ah well, CF 1000/1000 is a good life in any case.

    1. Truthsayer says:

      Overbuilding after community fibre has been there for over a year would be a bad choice

    2. John says:

      “Overbuilding after community fibre has been there for over a year would be a bad choice”

      What makes you think it would be a bad choice?

      It’s literally part of Openreach’s business model to overbuild Alt-Nets.
      If they don’t then how else do they remain competitive?

  5. cheesemp says:

    Really thought my town would be added this time as we have two newish altnets and maybe vm installing currently (had nothing even announced in jan!). I figured openreach would want to compete (and are in smaller towns to the north/south) Guess I’m stuck with riskier altnets for a while.

    1. Mithras says:

      Accrington was in the same position for quite a while. 2 Altnets rolled out in the area but OR FTTP was nowhere to be seen and there’s BT call centre which provisions FTTP ! When the previous areas were announced Accrington was surrounded by FTTP areas on the fibre-first map

  6. Phil says:

    They just seem to pick towns at random for PR. My smaller town joined the list on a similar announcement 12 months ago, but you ask Openreach checker and it still says nothing planned. There have been no works taking place anywhere and one map it does appear on it’s scheduled for 2026.

    Why announce something you aren’t going to get around to doing for 5 years?

    1. John says:

      It’s 4 years till 2026, not 5.

      They aren’t listing areas they are doing in 4 years anyway.
      They will be done “by 2026”, not “in 2026”
      .
      Many of the areas listed as by 2026 will be started long before then.

  7. Sam Perry says:

    So up north then. Pathetic

  8. NE555 says:

    “Richmond – Greater London”?

    In the list it’s labelled “Richmond – Richmond”, but there is a separate line item for “Richmond upon Thames – Twickenham” (which had been already announced).

    1. NE1 says:

      whats even Stranger is there is no Richmond exchange in Richmond upon Thames its called Richmond Kew, Richmond Exchange is in yorkshire.

  9. Granola says:

    There aren’t many newly completed areas in the .pdf from the OR site. In fact not that many already completed listed compared to planned. At this rate are they going to fall behind their schedule ?

  10. GNewton says:

    Welcome to the postcode lottery!

  11. Sonic says:

    Winchester gets left out. Again. Sigh.

    What will it take for someone, ANYONE, to come to this city of 120K residents?

    1. anon says:

      ye just be patient jesus

    2. John says:

      It’s supposed to be City Fibre phase1, did they skip your town?

    3. CarlT says:

      The Winchester in Hampshire that has Openreach working in it right now delivering FTTP? That Winchester?

      Although this mentions a DSLAM I am sure those more familiar than me can confirm this is FTTP work.

      Work description
      WINCHESTER 13 – DSLAM 949146 – Overlay – Lay approx 59m of Duct 54/56 in footway to link existing BT Boxes to facilitate spine cabling works.

    4. Sonic says:

      @anon – yes, I know. But we are just getting left behind and it’s disappointing. Especially when multiple providers are tripping over each other and over-building in many other places.

      @John – yep – Winchester is not included in the 8.5 (or so) million properties they plan to roll out to. I got in touch with them and apparently Winchester has an ‘unusually high house to flat ratio’ or something daft which makes it commercially unviable for them. Sounds like a load of bull.

      @CarlT – not sure where you are getting your info from but AFAIK, there is no OR build activity in Winchester right now. Some new builds have FTTP, but that’s it. According to govt figures only about 4% of properties have FTTP here. VM covers around 54% of properties (gigabit using DOCSIS).

  12. PhilipSmith72 says:

    Washington had a good bit of legacy cable in the new town. It has largely been ignored thus far but right now is being swamped by Virgin with a huge build programme. Lots of old UG and even older overhead should make for an interesting mix.

  13. Anon says:

    I live in Feltham and we can only get standard broadband.
    I have two mobile boxes to be able to work from home.
    No one tells you anything and the companies all blame each other.
    Surely it can’t be that hard to say when I will get fibre if ever!

  14. Mark says:

    We should called Outdatedreach (openreach)

    1. Anon says:

      Openwretch has a nice ring to it.

  15. The Facts says:

    The usual comments.

    Virgin Media and others have had 30 years to rollout their FTTP.

    1. Jon says:

      Then maybe they should have started 30 years ago

    2. John says:

      Yeah, but none of them ever bothered to upgrade otherwise how can they line the pockets of their fat-cat bosses and foreign shareholders.

      It seems only after the regulator allowed BT/openreach to invest and upgrade the others are pulling their fingers out, not before… and the argument was/is if the old big boy is not muzzled then they will assume their monopoly and customers will suffer, when in reality operators such as virgin have been ripping people off with no competition and no other supplier, that is a monopoly.

  16. Matt says:

    I can’t be arks with them now they been saying for ages they will install they have down the whole area on one side then jumped over us then stoped what’s the point of doing that I would of had this area done by now last year there slow the guy on the phone was like if you join now will auto upgrade you for free to full fiber once its done next month 3 4 months later still no more progress I get it thow I spose are govment is give away billions atm to who ever arks for it when will we stop trying to please everyone

    1. Anon says:

      English please ?

  17. Bob the bro says:

    This isn’t UK. This is England only. Stop spreading misinformation

  18. Colin Moore says:

    Croydon the most heavily populated and one of the biggest London boroughs has no FTTP .

    1. Truthsayer says:

      This is not true, Community fibre has covered almost half of the entire borough

  19. Brian Lewis says:

    Not one town or village in the south west of England

  20. Phil says:

    Telford & Wrekin FTTP as planning:

    Dawley – yes

    Hollinswood – yes

    Newport – yes

    Oakengates – yes

    Telford (Wellington) – yes

    Cuckoo Oak – not planned

    Donnington – not planned

    Shirchley – not planned

    1. CarlT says:

      Looks pretty normal. If anything pretty good. Telford and Wrekin is doing alright!

    2. Phil says:

      CarIT

      There is eight exchanges in Telford & Wrekin I think so five exchanges go to planning but three exchanges are not planning are very strange decision by Openreach.

    3. Phil says:

      CarIT

      Telford (Wellington) is planning as I think both FTTC & G.fast are from this exchange rather than Cuckoo Oak Exchange so if these FTTP is planning, then surely Cuckoo Oak FTTP will be the one from Wellington Exchange?

    4. CarlT says:

      No. The FTTP when it’s ready will come from Wellington but the announcement will be for Cuckoo Oak.

      That’s how it’s always been else people would be really confused as most neither know or care to know which exchange is their NGA parent.

  21. Phil says:

    Stirchley – not planned

  22. Scott says:

    Our town has not yet appeared on OpenReach’s lists but we are able to order FTTP. Getting installed next week

  23. Daniel says:

    No point in getting stressed over being ‘on the list’, my exchange (Kings Langley) has been on the list two years this year and I’ve not seen a single open reach van laying fibre in my village.

  24. M Strawson says:

    A tiny proportion of Congleton was fitted with FTTP. Then they gave up and went.

  25. paul turner says:

    Still waiting for an explanation from openreach as to why two of my neighbours have FTTP yet when I ask why isn’t my done to my house. Being we sre sll on the dame exchange or even been offered. I either get no response or. Its not coming to your area lie.

    1. Fastman says:

      so 3 question when did they get done any by what programme did they get done by and how far are you away from them Neighbour is a relative term) and also how did they get done (pole underground etc

      if you get an answer to those questions it may be possible for me to deduce why you not covered (based on my expertise in this)

  26. Nigel jones says:

    My area has been on by and cityfibee lists for a while, but no sign of very local activity yet. It’s been 1-2 years….

  27. anon says:

    finally my area Hounslow is there

  28. paul thomas evan says:

    bt say that full fibre wil reach 25 milion homes bt 2026 but the truth is it wont happen because the fat cats that run bt sit on there arse get paid over 1.7 milion a year as a wage and really dont give a toss they also slow your download speeds down the longer you stay with them then try to lie by saying the slower speed is what you signed up to but are eager to put there prices up every 6 months so the price you signed up for does not stay the same for the whole contract yet ofcom do bugger all and let bt rob people by charging such high prices- not sure if virgin does the same thing but they do ofer much higher download speeds but upload speeds are abismal

  29. Karen Cronk says:

    OK I’m at gorefield black lane near wisbech my neighbour across the Rd 100mts away has fibre to his house most of the poles are on myside of the rd but guess what I can’t get fibre to my house why not that’s what I’d like to know

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