Gfast map

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Dark Blue: Firm commitments from incumbent: BT (10M), Belgacom, Australian NBN, Swisscom,  Austria, Bezeq Israel, Chunghwa Taiwan, Telus Canada, Telekom South Africa, SK Korea, (U.S.) AT&T, Century, Frontier, Windstream, Belgium, Omantel

Mid Blue: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Light Blue: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, Italy

Actual connections quite few. The prices remain high at £10-£15 more expensive than the VDSL service. They apparently do not want many to sign up yet as they add new areas and build operating systems.

By March 2019, they intend to have passed 2.2M. That's about 6-9 months behind a schedule that would take them past 10M homes in 2020. That said, they are far ahead of anyone else. 

Self-install isn't ready for them. They won't even trial self-install until late this year. 

Self-install has been part of the G.fast standard since early days, but continues to have problems. As I've previously reported, somewhere between 5% and 25% of homes get disappointing results with self-install because of miscellaneous line and equipment faults. Therefore, BT is still sending an engineer to every installation. 

Swisscom believes they save money even if 10% or 20% of installs ultimately require a truck roll. The customer pushback will probably be challenging, however.

ISP Preview has a list of the next territories to be opened. 

Aberdeen Denburn, Acocks Green, Altrincham, Aylesbury, Bedford, Birmingham Central, Bishops Stortford, Boscombe, Bowes Park, Bury St. Edmunds, Bury, Byfleet, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Chester, Cosham, Didsbury, Erdington, Gipsy Hill, Guildford, Hampton, Harlow, Harrogate, Headingley, Heywood, Kingston, Lancaster, Leamington Spa, Leeds, Llantrisant, Maidstone, Market Harborough, Mile End, Morley, Narborough, North Finchley, Paignton, Plymouth, Rugby, Shipley, Slough, South Kensington, Southampton, Southend Town, St Albans, Stockton Heath, Swadlincote, Tamworth, Taunton, Telford Wellington, Tunbridge Wells, Walthamstow, Weston Super Mare, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Woodhouse (Berkshire), Woodley, York.