Openreach pushes ahead with programme to upgrade analogue phone network

Openreach has shared its quarterly update on the ongoing programme to upgrade its analogue phone network to all-IP services.

It has outlined a further 51 exchange locations across the UK, covering around 0.51m premises, where it is planning to stop selling legacy analogue services. In these areas, it will instead provide people with full fibre services. This brings the total number of exchange locations where the company plans to stop selling analogue services in the next 12-months to 169.

In June, Openreach gave 12-months’ notice that it will no longer be selling copper-based products in 118 exchange areas across the UK. The exchange in Salisbury is part of an early pilot, and legacy copper-based products will no longer be available in that location from December 2020.

Mark Logan, products director at Openreach, said, “We’re stepping up our plans to stop selling our legacy analogue services and instead focus on providing people with a modern, future proof full fibre connection that can deliver all manner of new digital services over the top. Our recently updated target to build full fibre broadband to 4.5m homes and businesses by end of March 2021 is part of our accelerated build plan and has enabled migration efforts to also be brought forward.

“Full fibre or ‘Fibre to the Premises’ technology will be available to more than 75% of homes in these 51 new locations by October 2021. It makes no sense – both operationally and commercially – to keep the old and new network running side-by-side.”

The full list of additional ‘stop sell’ exchanges and associated locations are below:


Armagh Armagh NIAM
Bangor Newtownards & Bangor NIBA
Barry Vale of Glamorgan SWCFK
Benton North Tyneside NEB
Bow Mid Devon WWBOW
Brentwood Brentwood EABRW
Broadstairs Thanet NDBRO
Bromsgrove Bromsgrove WMBPZ
Broxburn West Lothian ESBRO
Capheaton Northumberland NECAP
Cardinham Cornwall WWCARD
Caxton South Cambridgeshire EACAX
Cheylesmore Coventry CMCHEY
Doncaster Doncaster SLDC
Doncaster North Doncaster SLDCN
Dutton Diffeth Wrexham WNDD
Eastham Wirral LVEAS
Edwalton Rushcliffe EMEDWAL
Glendale Highland NSGDL
Halkyn Flintshire WNHAL
Hartburn Northumberland NEHR
Haydon Wick Swindon SSHYW
Hepple Northumberland NEHPL
Heriot Scottish Borders ESHER
How Caple Herefordshire, County of WNHCP
Ilford North Greater London LNILN
Lillingstonedayrell Aylesbury Vale SMLD
Linstead Suffolk Coastal EALIN
Llanfaethlu Isle of Anglesey WNLFU
Longridge Ribble Valley LCLON
Lurgan Craigavon NILG
Mountwood Wirral LVMOU
Newtonards Newtownards & Bangor NINTS
Orpington Greater London LSORP
Penzance Cornwall WWPENZ
Portadown Craigavon NIPO
Rickmansworth Three Rivers LWRIC
Saxmundham Suffolk Coastal EASXM
Stanecastle North Ayrshire WSIRS
Tadcaster Selby MYTAD
Thames Ditton Elmbridge LSTHDT
Thamesmead Greater London LSTHMD
Thornton Heath Greater London LSTHO
Waterloo Sefton LVWAT
Waternish Highland NSWNS
Wickford Basildon EAWFD
Winterton North Lincolnshire SLWKT
Wollaton Nottingham EMWOLLA
Woodgate Birmingham CMWDGT
Wythenshawe Greater Manchester MRWYT
Zelah Cornwall WWZELA
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