The area I live at was completed in 2006, so fairly "new" but obviously predating before FTTP was prevalent. All the houses were pre-wired with BT lines and the whole area is underground ducting no telegraph poles. All houses have BT cable entry covers on the front in varying locations, depending on the property leading into the premises. Right now you can get up to 80 Mbps through FTTC. Virgin Media are also in the area, but their cabling is a bit patchy for some houses. Suggesting that Virgin Media extended their network sometime after the construction was done, but only covered some properties. I myself had to wait two months for construction, so they could extend their cabling down to the bottom of a cul-de-sac where I am, they seemingly stopped about mid way which they couldn't really explain but could have been for many reasons. So half the houses at the bottom end were SOL on broadband choice, until I came along, as now their cables do reach the bottom end and two other properties on either side now have this option although their checker still says "contact us to discuss further" which I had to originally. Now though there is a T point available at least.
Because the area itself has modern ducting in place, does this mean that running FTTP cables through shouldn't be too difficult? Equally, running these cables to each premise with the BT entry covers already in place means there should be access for new cables to come through potentially, without tearing up people's tarmac drives? I unfortunately, had to pay that price when Virgin Media did agree to extend down to me and hence paid the construction/civil costs to enable me to get service, by taking a small bit off the edge off my drive to do it, because it is all tarmac, no garden, soil, gravel etc, a small price to pay however for having faster broadband!
The exchange I'm going to is FTTP enabled according to the data, my approx distance (straight line) is 817 metres, but the majority of the town does not have FTTP from a residential standpoint based on coverage maps. The exchange itself is classified as Market 3 so it has various providers and LLUs, along with Virgin Media in the surrounding area.
I've read that new build areas within the past 10 years or so generally wouldn't show up on the typical, announcement of build lists and eventually it just happens at some point. I figured that due to the fact the exchange is classified as Market 3/4 and has an major alternative provider i.e. Virgin Media for faster speeds greater than FTTC, that the area isn't likely to get it FTTP anytime soon, as it doesn't fit the priority list.
Just generally curious, apologies if this is a stupid question, I've found myself becoming more and more interested in the infrastructure behind all of this and generally interested about it all!
Edited by jamesmacwhite (Mon 21-Sep-20 21:28:24)