Openreach’s FTTP roll out – Exeter in Devon council added in the list

Openreach has confirmed that the city of Exeter in Devon County at England will become the nineth city for roll out of 1 Gbps based FTTP ultra fast broadband network under their Fibre First programme. Whereas further details on this roll out in Exeter are not known which is expected to be announced later in this year. And details about the number of premises to be covered are also not available as of now.

Openreach aims to cover three million premises in the UK by the year end 2020 under this plan. As of now around 560000 premises are covered by full fibre FTTP/H network of Openreach. As Openreach wants to increase their coverage, they have planned to hire around 3500 engineers. The provider focuses on 40 UK cities, towns & boroughs for its initial deployment where Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Manchester are in the list that have been confirmed.

CEO of Openreach – Clive Selley said that Openreach is under job through their ‘Fibre First’ programme to build the UK as Ultrafast Britain. Openreach is deploying FTTP network to 3 million premises in 40 locations by 2020 and they are delighted to announce that Exeter will also be the beneficiary in the list.

The Fibre First programme was beginned few months back and now there has been reached near 70000 premises in 8 cities with the delivery rate of 1000+ homes per week. This will enable the provider to reach their target in the mid of 2020. Openreach will become the nation’s best full fibre service provider. They will make investment and recruitment to cover the south west and across UK areas to build the best of fibre delivery machine in the UK.

UK Minister for Digital – Margot James said that they have worked hard to make the location to drive investment in the full fibre deployment. The Fibre First programme by Openreach is an aspiring programme and now the homes & business presmises in Exeter will be going to benefit from full fibre gigabit broadband network.

Now around more than 96% of the premises in the city has the access to superfast broadband at 24 Mbps speed connection and also getting through Virgin Media’s 350 Mbps based network coverage. So it will be a tough competition for Openreach in the area. But BT is offering wide range of ultra-fast broadband packages.

The Fibre First programme will make the provider to build FTTP network in further 8 lakh premises in the areas of Broadband Delivery UK (rural), new housing sites and to reach about 1.7m premises in cities and towns. Openreach has earlier told their desire to cover 10 m premises by 2025 which can be possible with relaxed regulations, the support of other ISPs, reduction in logistical issues and ability to remove existing copper cables. This is possible upon Government’s decision on review of telecom infrastructure. As FTTP deployment is costly, Openreach’s plan to cover 10m premises with FTTP network may cost around between £3 billion to £6 billion.

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