Openreach consultation on FTTP and Single Order trials

Posted on 28/06/2019

Earlier this week, Openreach published two documents relating to the withdrawal of WLR products and the FTTP Exchange upgrade programme.

The first is their comments on the responses received to their March consultation on “An exchange-based approach to upgrading the UK’s digital infrastructure with FTTP”. The responses generally showed support for Openreach’s proposals and an understanding of the need for the approach set out.

The second documents is a new consultation which sets out how Openreach plans to run two trials as proposed previously in the withdrawal of WLR products and transition to IP voice services consultation in May 2018, and in the above exchange-based approach to FTTP deployment and migration in March 2019

The trials will aim to replicate as closely as possible the national WLR product withdrawal and FTTP exchange upgrade plans. This will ensure that Openreach creates the right set of scenarios to understand and learn from to test their approach and processes.

The trials will be in separate exchange areas, and the proposed locations are:

  • o FTTP exchange upgrade trial - Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • o Single Order exchange upgrade trial - Mildenhall, Suffolk
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The plan is that these trials will replicate the stop-sell process and withdrawal of impacted products exactly as it will happen as exchanges are declared ultrafast enabled and from 2023 onwards.

Responses to the consultation are due on 31 July, so please do let us have your thoughts.

Cathy Gerosa

[email protected]

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