Well after almost two years of being promised FTTP, OR have today confirmed to me that FTTP will in fact not now be coming to my area.
Their excuses went like this:
"Unfortunately as stated in my earlier reply, I am unable at this point to give you an accurate go-live date.
However, it appears that the majority of the build is complete and we are waiting for light loss measurements and commissioning.
On that basis, I can say that it will still be probably a couple of months before the network is live and able to accept orders." (OR response to izools)
So a couple of months went by...
"I have been in contact with the Project Manager this afternoon and he advises that Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) was suspended dependent upon a review of FTTP, however, the best estimate for completion at this stage is towards the end of this calendar year (2013)."
Then, a couple of weeks ago, all mention of FTTP disappeared from the BT availability checker, so I asked them once again and got this reply:
"Thank you for your enquiry regarding Exeter, cabinet 135.
I have been in contact with the relevant Project Manager and he advises that you are correct that Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) will not now be coming to your address. However, once the cabinet has been enabled for Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) there is the possibility of Fibre on Demand (FOD)."
So what should I make of this? OR admit all the fibre network is in place yet suddenly decide not to go ahead with FTTP, instead suggesting FTTC is now the preferred option, with the possibility of FTTPoD.
So, a cynic may say that OR realise they can make much more money by getting the customers to pay for FTTP installs on demand rather than offering it as a free service. Hmmm.