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Netomnia Publish More Detailed UK FTTP Broadband Rollout Map

Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2022 (12:01 am) - Score 6,408

Network operator Netomnia (supported by UK ISP YouFibre), which is currently working to cover 1 million premises across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with their gigabit-capable full fibre broadband network by the end of 2023, has updated their rollout map to include some useful extra detail.

Until now the operator, which has already covered 210,000 UK homes and businesses with their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network and expects to extend across 48 UK towns and cities by the end of next year, only had a fairly basic rollout map – this merely planted small dots for each location on their build plan.

NOTE: The company is supported by an equity investment from DigitalBridge, plus commitments from existing shareholders (Soho Square Capital LLP, Advencap Ltd etc.). Total funding of £418m.

However, one of our community members – Bawlk (here), recently spotted that the provider had updated their rollout map to add an outline for the area of build alongside each location. In short, they seem to have taken a leaf out of Openreach and CityFibre’s approach, which both follow a similar approach.

Admittedly, this is still not necessarily accurate to the level of individual premises (doing that is tricky), but it is much more helpful than the old approach. We should add that a lot of alternative networks (AltNets) don’t even bother to publish a map, which is somewhat disappointing given that it’s a much quicker and easier way for people to visualise a rollout. Just for a bit of fun, here’s a side by side of the old and new maps.

NEW MAPNetomnia-FTTP-Broadband-UK-Rollout-Map-Sept-2022
OLD MAPNetomnia FTTP Broadband UK Rollout Map to 2023
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By Mark Jackson
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24 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Danny says:

    I have checked my address in Normanton, West Yorkshire and although it is within the new maps rollout area it says we aren’t planning to come to your address, same with my father who lives at the other side of town who’s also within the “roll out”. They need sort this as obviously something isn’t quite right.

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      This reflects the comment I made about accuracy to the level of individual premises, since in any deployment there will be gaps in coverage. It’s not like CityFibre, Openreach and Netomnia – all with similar maps – will reach 100% of the area they’ve coloured in a box, they won’t (e.g. CityFibre usually aims for about 85%+ coverage).

      Likewise, the rollout plan for each area is still tentative and subject to engineering surveys, so they might not have done that for your specific location yet. Or.. maybe they did do it and found they couldn’t cover you.

    2. Avatar photo Duncan says:

      I’m in a shaded area and it says what the checker has always said – our plans don’t currently include your postcode. I guess it’s not a no however!

    3. Avatar photo Name says:

      This is the weirdest company I’ve ever seen. On the map my area is set as “Live” for about last 6 months but any postcode I’ve checked says: “Our plans do not currently include your postcode.” I’ve contacted those morons and they said that in fact my postcode is included but the network is not yet built…

    4. Avatar photo Netomnia says:

      Hi Danny, we try our best to give residents in our build areas an accurate and up-to-date picture of our progress; as part of this, we have now updated the map with more details on area coverage and are in the middle of implementing upgrades on our postcode checker results to give visitors more insight into our work to connect them. In the interim if you have property-specific queries, please contact our build team through our contact form https://www.netomnia.com/contact.

    5. Avatar photo WonkoTheSaneUK says:

      I get the same answer – “Our plans do not currently include your postcode.”
      Yet the map has a big pink blob covering my entire locality, marked “Start in 2023”.

      Maybe the checker only looks at postcodes where they’re already live?

    6. Avatar photo Matt says:

      I’m also in the new rollout, I called to see if I’d be included as it always said I wouldn’t on the checker until recently. They told me 6 months from “in build” to being able to order. So I ought to be able to order around about February of 23 now.

  2. Avatar photo David Haigh says:

    This was nice to see, with their build coming to Wrexham. If we get done, will have three fibres Virgin, Openreach and Netomnia. Surprised if there’s any space left down there.

    1. Avatar photo Bob says:

      6 months sounds very optimistic. Typically more like 12 months

  3. Avatar photo dee.jay says:

    Love the coverage of the South Wales valleys – great to see, we’re usually quite far down in BT/OR’s lists!

    1. Avatar photo Bob says:

      Agreed, just need to see the build actually start to materialise.

      Places like Tonypandy were announced earlier this year to “Start in 2022”. Only a quarter of the year left and no sign of starting yet. Am keeping a keen eye on http://www.bidb.uk

    2. Avatar photo Bob says:

      The dates given by Open Reach tend to be faily meaning less

      The best way to see if their is any activity is to use the roadworks web site

  4. Avatar photo David Haigh says:

    Just a quick enquire what do the acronyms on the ends mean? As Wrexham is Ate!

    1. Avatar photo Martin says:

      ATE is Automatic Telephone Exchange I think.

  5. Avatar photo MattP79 says:

    I noticed last weekend Netomnia have work boards in Grays, Essex. Also showing on One.Network.

  6. Avatar photo GG says:

    Finally Berkhamsted shown in an intended build area for an altnet. Just the 3 or 4 years to wait for them to get here now …

  7. Avatar photo Alex Comerford says:

    Yup, map coverage area is wrong. They seem to have done it by dialing code. In my area (Oxford 01865) the map shows the whole of 01865 being covered, but they are actually only covering the area from the Oxford City exchange and none of the other serving exchanges.

    1. Avatar photo Bawlk says:

      Map coverage is where they plan to rollout, dots are exchanges they are using

    2. Avatar photo Martin says:

      In Scotland they seem to be covering Airdrie under Coatbridge. It looks like the kit will be in the Coatbridge exchange, but covers a larger area than that. Openreach do similar, not all fibre rollouts come from your local exchange.

      I’m not sure I’d expect all of Oxford to be covered, especially not in a big bang release. They may chose to focus on estates which don’t have FTTC or Virgin initially, or areas with a particular demographic

  8. Avatar photo Bob says:

    Map has changed again from yesterday. It now has different shaped colours instead of different colour dots for exchanges.

  9. Avatar photo Zenuser says:

    Frome started months ago. Our road still isn’t live yet the infrastructure is here. Their website says frome is live yet for my address its the same old…
    We are coming to your postcode! Register your interest with one of our service partners to get updates on when you can get connected – been like this for months..

    1. Avatar photo Froomie says:

      Out of interest, are you in an area served by other providers?

  10. Avatar photo Matthew says:

    Iv given up with waiting for by full firber as I believe my housing association rejected the install on there properties

  11. Avatar photo Openbreach says:

    Having emailed their build team last week, they told me they have suspended all delivery of fibre via telegraph poles until further notice. If this is true then it sounds like Netomnia have bigger problems than they are letting on.

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