A change to building regulations will commence from the 26th December 2022. These changes will mandate the installation of a gigabit-ready telecoms infrastructure during the construction of new homes. This change is government mandated and will affect all new homes obtaining planning permission from 26th December 2022.
Homes that have secured planning permission prior to 26th December 2022 are not required to adhere to this regulation but Openreach recommends a gigabit capable Full Fibre connection for every new build home. The Openreach FTTP (Full Fibre) network is already fully compliant with the changes to building regulations by meeting the definition of ‘Gigabit’ ready.
We're connecting new residential and commercial properties to our next generation ultrafast full fibre broadband network
We've already made Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband available to more than eight million homes and businesses and want to reach 25 million premises by December 2026. As part of these plans, we'll work with you to build a full fibre, network to new residential or mixed residential/commercial sites giving your development access to broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps, our most reliable connection ever, and access to over 650 service providers including big names like BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone.
For commercial only sites of 20 or more units we’ll install Full Fibre for free.
For single commercial plots, or sites of 2-19 units we'll work with you to offer a bespoke network solution, and we'll contribute an amount per unit towards the cost of the build. The table below outlines the Openreach plot contribution and developer site cost. We'll be able to give you more details after you register your site with us.
Number of premises Per premises developer contribution Total charge to developers 19 £255 £4,845 18 £290 £5,220 17 £328 £5,576 16 £369 £5,904 15 £415 £6,225 14 £467 £6,538 13 £524 £6,812 12 £588 £7,056 11 £662 £7,282 10 £747 £7,470 9 £1,000 £9,000 8 £1,200 £9,600 7 £1,400 £9,800 6 £1,600 £9,600 5 £1,800 £9,000 4 £2,000 £8,000 3 £2,000 £6,000 2 £2,000 £4,000
The developer portal currently provides developers with all the information about their new developments from site registration through to completion of the network build.
The useful resources section of the portal includes more information on the features of the portal.
Openreach has announced its plans to ‘switch off’ the traditional analogue (PSTN) Copper network by the end of 2025. Between now and then, Openreach will move tranches of exchanges into a ‘stop sell’ position when 75% of addresses in an exchange area can get Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband (also known as Fibre to the Premises or FTTP). This allows us to stop selling WLR and PSTN products to CPs at those addresses.
For new sites we want to ensure that we only build one infrastructure which is Ultrafast Full Fibre. We want to remove the dependency on providing small amounts of Copper solely for the purpose of special service lines and from 15 November 2021 Openreach New Sites no longer offers additional Copper for the sole purpose of service lines. The full details are available in this briefing.
Openreach has worked through live trials with KONE, one of the global leaders in the lift and escalator industry, Avire - manufacturer of the ‘Memcom’ which is one of the UK’s leading universal lift emergency auto-diallers and CPs to test and demonstrate a working lift line over FTTP for both a digital and analogue lift application. Read the Case Study to find out more.
In addition, Openreach are working with Developers, Vendors and Water Companies to complete live trials of FTTP connections to Sewage Pump Stations and will shortly fully brief the outcome of these trials and share the technical requirements involved for other manufacturers and CPs to follow for their own respective solutions.