Almost at Journey’s End : UltraFast Broadband FTTP (FTTH) Ordered!

The story so far, last September 2017, BT Openreach, connected fibre tails to the bottom of my telepgraph pole! It was hoped that we would have Ultrafast broadband installed by Christmas 2017, East Riding of Yorkshire Council (kind of responsible for the BDUK Project) told me it should be by the end of the Year (2017), but nothing happened, and all references to completion disappeared and changed to By the End of 2018!


In February 2018, Openreach Engineers, came out to the shire, I sent the drone up to spy on them....

and fitted these to the telegraph poles

This is how you know the Pole is Fibre Enabled!

This is how you know the Pole is Fibre Enabled!

and this is my “personal” pole!

8 Fibre Connectors at top of pole

8 Fibre Connectors at top of pole

and another pole

8 Fibre Connectors at top of pole

8 Fibre Connectors at top of pole

But this was February 2018!!!! At the time, I had a long conversation with the Engineers, that stated all was live back to the Exchange, and commissioning should not take too long, and I should be able to place an order in four weeks, which feedback from East Riding of Yorkshire Council also stated March 2018!

So I thought at least when I get back from Holiday in March/April, I should be able to place an order…..


Can I get fibre - NO!

Can I get fibre - NO!

I checked daily during the months of April, May and got bored and started to pester East Riding of Yorkshire council again, at the beginning of June…

and to my surprise, after contacting East Riding of Yorkshire it changed to on 6th June 2018! I can order ULTRAFAST Broadband!!!

I’d already started the switch to Zen, for my ADSL, so I can eventually Migrate from ADSL to FTTP with Zen, and the switch was successful to Zen on the 8th June 2018.



So I had a few logistical details to sort out, like empty the server/network cup board of servers, network switches, Dell workstations, so the Openreach engineer when he visits can install the Openreach ONT (fibre terminator!) in the server cupboard, so my house can be connected with glass fibre to the exchange, no COPPER like you FTTC people with max speeds of approx 76Mbps.

So it’s taken a long time in coming, and I would really never have thought that we would be 1 of the 3% in the UK to have ULTRAFAST BROADBAND (FTTP/FTTH), fibre circuit from the shire out in the sticks.

At present Ultrafast maximum speed is 300Mbps download, and 30Mbps upload, but there are not a lot of statistics, because only 3% of the UK population have access to FTTP! It looks like BT (Openreach) are starting with the rural areas, which have had access to poor internet speeds for years, and once completed will revisit the more densely populated areas!


at the same time, I’ve also switched  my BT telephone line to Zen also, so I will be leaving BT after, well I’ve never been with another telephone provider other than BT.

2 July 2018, is the switch to Zen for phone.

and Openreach have scheduled an installation date of Saturday 30 June 2018 – AM, to complete the first part of the installation, which requires internal access to the house, and my server/network cupboard!

and all of the above, is currently cheaper and onto a better and faster package, than BT and Eclipse Internet!!!

Smoke me a kipper….

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