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When you see that your exchange has been marked as underway for upgrading to BT’s 40Mbps fibre-to-the-cabinet, don’t jump for joy too early.
It seems that the roll-out of BT’s fibre is more patchy than we thought, according to an article by PC Pro.
The magazine has investigated the roll-out in its next issue (number 199), and states that the telecoms company can skip up to 60% of street cabinets when it comes to deploying fibre.
This is, of course, dependent on the area in question. Stuart Watson of Zen Internet told PC Pro: “BT Openreach describes an exchange as in progress if there are ten cabinets live, but there could be 70 or 80 or more cabinets in that area – customers are seeing when their exchange is enabled but not when their cabinet is going to be, or even if it’s going to be upgraded, because only about 40% or 50% of cabinets in a given area are scheduled or are likely to be upgraded.”
“BT needs to make it clearer what an enabled exchange means, make clear that a roll-out can take place over three, four or five months and make clear that just because an exchange is enabled the actually coverage in that area could be 40% or 50%.”
All good points. BT replied that they aim for a maximum of coverage within “technical and commercial parameters”, and that on average they reached 85% of an exchange area. Which would seem to suggest that those locations left with just 50% coverage would be few and far between.
Let us know your experiences with BT fibre roll-out and coverage levels in the comments below.