Openreach reveals latest exchanges for fibre

BT Openreach last week published its list of the exchanges to be fibred up over the next 12 months. You can see a spreadsheet of its plans here.
It shows that Openreach is already accepting orders from other communications providers on 336 of the total 785 exchanges. It has also deferred fibre-ing up the exchanges at Tulse Hill and Shepherd’s Bush in London. BT has an estimated 5,500 exchanges.
BT said earlier not everyone who lives in an exchange area will receive the up to 40Mbps download speed. That access depends on the street cabinet being fibred-up, and not all cabinets in a fibred exchange are will get it.
The table below shows the extent to which BT is doing fibre to the cabinet (FTTC), compared to fibre to the premises (FTTP). The European Commission has called for half of a country’s population to receive 100Mbps, which strongly implies FTTP, by 2020, a call endorsed by the Welsh Assemby government in its tender for next generation access for the principality.

Total

service starts

Service      
Estimated start date FTTC FTTC/P FTTP Grand Total
Accepting CP orders now. 333 1 2 336
Deferred 3 3
01/03/2011 33 1 34
01/06/2011 109 5 114
01/09/2011 100 20 120
01/12/2011 73 17 90
01/03/2012 72 16 88
Grand Total 723 60 2 785
Source: BT Opensource

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