Openreach, the network arm of British fixed line incumbent BT, has advised ISPs that it is to hold off from providing any further guidance regarding future rollout plans for G.fast, according to ISPreview. It is understood that, while the company’s G.fast deployment remains ongoing, any plans for work beyond March 2020 are now under review. A final decision regarding the future G.fast rollout plans is expected to be made on the back of that review, the report notes, and will be communicated to ISPs by March 2020.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in its most recent financial results BT reported that Openreach’s G.fast network had been made available to total of 2.17 million premises at end-June 2019, up from 1.12 million a year earlier. While the company is expected to increase this figure to 2.73 million by March 2020, initial plans to boost coverage to some ten million homes and businesses by March 2021 were subsequently scaled back as both rival providers and the British government have increasingly focused on pure fibre services. Indeed, in August 2018 it was confirmed that under revised plans Openreach would aim to boost the number of premises where G.fast was available to a total of 5.7 million by March 2021.