I am in the early stages of setting up a CFP for my area, having written a letter to my neighbours and I'm about to register the CFP wth Openreach.
Would anybody be able to give me the benefit of their experience as to how long it takes for Openreach to come up with their initial quote, then survey, build and go-live? My understanding is that it can potentially take a couple of years but I would really appreciate any views or experience the forum may have.
Here is the timeline for our CFP (35 properties) which is nearing completion.
Dec 18 - Initial enquiry
Jan 19 - Addresses entered in OR portal
Feb - Initial quote received. Too expensive to proceed
Jul - Revised quote received
Aug - Canvassed neighbours for support
Oct - Set up CIC as vehicle to sign contract
Nov - Voucher applications made.
Dec - Signed contract
Feb - May 20 - Few standard emails from OR (like PlanSomB)
June - Street works started, ducting, manholes installed in pavements,
July - CBT's installed and fibre laid in street. Lead-ins started
As of now Lead-ins are about 70% complete. Openreach have estimated a go live in early October. My experience has been very good. The work has been subcontracted to KN Circnet who have been easy to deal with. I have received positive comments about them from my neighbours.
My two top tips for anyone setting up a CFP are:
1) Enter addresses into OR portal before you have spoken to your neighbours. It is easier to approach your neighbours with a headline figure. (It seems you are passed this stage though)
2) Ask for a copy of the draft contarct before the vouchers are applied for so you can review it in advance. Once our vouchers were applied for our contract was immediately issued and things moved quickly so this could save some time.