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Openreach maps out fibre plans for the next 18 months

BT’s fixed line wholesale division has created a new website that allows everyone to see how its fibre roll-out is going.

The website devoted to banging on about Openreach’s Fibre First programme features a map showing every bit of the US that either already has FTTP, is in the process of acquiring it, or is in Openreach’s immediate plans. 29 more places have today been added to those immediate plans, taking the total over 100.

“Full-fibre broadband provides a reliable, future-proof, consistent and dependable service that will be a platform for economic growth and prosperity throughout the UK for decades to come,” said Openreach Chief Exec Clive Selley.

“We’re now building at a massive scale. Every 28 seconds we pass a home or business with our new future-proofed full fibre network. This has given us ever greater confidence in the level and accuracy of whatever we announce – which is why we’ve now laid out our build plans right up to the target delivery date of four million premises by March 2021.

“We also want to ensure we give our stakeholders – like council leaders, planners and MPs – the best view of where and when we intend to build so we can work together to build as rapidly as possible and help encourage people to take up the technology when it arrives.”

You can see the site, with its handy map, here. One possible reason Openreach has decided to be more transparent about its plans and progress is the political elevation of fibre under the Johnson premiership. Better broadband for everyone seems to be one of his key bits of propaganda and the company will want to be seen to be entering into the spirit of it all. Openreach expects to have connected four million homes and businesses to full-fat fibre by April 2021.

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19 comments

  1. Avatar Jason James 02/10/2019 @ 1:29 pm

    Perhaps the article should have been proof read before it was published. Is the first line true?

  2. Avatar Jonathan Lang 11/06/2020 @ 1:22 pm

    When will 11martin lane burscough L408jh be getting fibre to house

    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 11/06/2020 @ 1:23 pm

      We’ll look into it.

    • Avatar Allan Rhoden 07/09/2020 @ 10:07 am

      I have virgin at £77 for a basic deal I want talktalk or similar at £26 when will fibre optics be in WN68ES or for publicity purposes does the extortionally priced virgin count as me being connected?

  3. Avatar Matthew Porter 24/06/2020 @ 12:03 pm

    Would love openreach to focus on the rural/further out from town areas like PE202HD in Lincolnshire. You have people screaming for faster internet especially now with more WFH or households like me with two permanent WFH/Remote workers

    Why does openreach rather not focus on the people who will be willing to pay for a faster speed (150mb etc) rather than upping the speed of those who can already achive 300-500mb

  4. Avatar mark tillman 14/07/2020 @ 7:41 pm

    When is fibre available in Dy122uz

  5. Avatar markrose 22/07/2020 @ 4:23 pm

    We have loads of Open reach Vans over last 2 weeks can you tell me what is happening
    Walton-le Dale Preston
    PR5 4NP

    Mark rose

  6. Avatar Tim Butterworth 31/07/2020 @ 3:17 pm

    Back in February contractors were out in my street laying BT fibre. So the good news is that I know it’s down there but it would be great to know also what the detailed plans are to make it live. Is there any way we can get more detailed local plans? St Albans AL36BG no 43.

  7. Avatar Richard Tallett 05/08/2020 @ 1:35 pm

    We have got 2mb download, they have put optic cable up the pole ,how long to finish it’s been 2 months now.

  8. Avatar Sue Roberts 17/08/2020 @ 12:28 pm

    When will DN21 5PD finally get an up to date fibre broadband connection . For the last 20 years we have been told it is coming !!!
    Our current download speeds are that poor that we can fail to run a speed test correctly !
    We as a village are looking at the CFP and hope to get funding from the rural voucher scheme , but as no one is available at Openreach to discuss we are banging our heads against a brick wall . What is the point of having a cust service number if you only then direct to a web page ???

    Please contact me to discuss our next move
    Thanks

  9. Avatar Diego Luiz 20/08/2020 @ 10:07 am

    Any idea when BR13BF will get fibre, FTTP or FTTC?

    It’s a building in the middle of Bromley, and it’s the only place around without fibre

    thanks

  10. Avatar Peter Walburn 07/09/2020 @ 9:17 pm

    When will Hollie House, Hatton AB42 0RS get fibre?

  11. Avatar John Naulls 15/09/2020 @ 5:38 pm

    I live in West London, and have only recently been provided with FTTC, after a *very* long wait. I now get a respectable download speed of 75Mbps, but the upload speed is only 15Mbps. As most of my data is in the ‘up’ direction, this is quite a handicap. My ISP tells me that there is no prospect of my getting FTTP in the foreseeable future.

  12. Avatar Margaret Jones 20/09/2020 @ 9:21 pm

    When will The Old School Aston by Stone ST150BJ be getting fibre to premises

  13. Avatar Claire Griffin 23/09/2020 @ 2:43 pm

    We were promised FFTP 18 months ago and are still waiting. We have 3 people working from home now and are really struggling.
    Our postcode is LS21 2LR
    There are three properties at this postcode who are all trying to run businesses.
    I would appreciate any information.
    Claire Griffin
    Moorside Farmhouse
    Stainburn
    Otley
    LS21 2LR

  14. Avatar Kevin degraag 24/09/2020 @ 8:31 am

    Fibre is badly needed in Takeley (Molehill Green) new homes have been built & with more people having to work from home now the need for faster broadband is essential

  15. Avatar Andrew Farrant 24/09/2020 @ 3:46 pm

    I live at 4 Sussex Gardens CT6 8DU, I understand as our broadband cables are underground and damaged you are going to put poles up and run new fibre from the box in Sunnyhill Road, can you say when this will happen?

    Thanks
    Andrew |Farrant

  16. Avatar paul Withers 04/10/2020 @ 1:52 pm

    Two years ago our street hub was fibre enabled and last year Dec we received a card saying that fibre to premises was now coming, but three years on since we were told it would be here and Birmingham as the second city is till not fully fibre or cable enabled. Villages that are remote have better internet than my current 10 – 18mb. When will Fibre be in B302HT as i cannot agree more with the other comments, that more and more are remote working now with such poor internet accessibility.

  17. Avatar Chris Wiseman 02/11/2020 @ 7:51 pm

    There’s an open reach depot just down the road from me ,lived in the property for 5 years and still no sign of fiber
    Bn180ft

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