Fibre to the premises (FTTP) for commercial sites

From 1 April 2018 Openreach will deliver FTTP infrastructure to all purely commercial sites, subject to FTTP availability and site survey. 

Once a property developer registers an interest with Openreach to have a fibre broadband service a free survey and commercial evaluation will follow.  Openreach will contribute £1,000 per commercial unit towards the cost of the build. If the costs to provide FTTP on the site exceed £1,000 per commercial unit, the property developer will need to make a co-funding contribution for the remainder of the build cost. 

For example, on a site of 12 industrial units where the FTTP build cost is £20,000, Openreach will contribute £12,000 and the property developer will contribute £8,000. 

Openreach is making FTTP the default choice of technology on new residential and commercial sites as part of our ‘fibre first’ initiative, as FTTP supports broadband download speeds up to 1Gbps and is more reliable than copper based technology. 

As a result, any requests for copper technology other than for service lines for lifts from 1 April 2018 will be chargeable, using the current sales charging model.  Openreach is working with the Lift and Escalator Industry Association, LEIA, to reach an agreement that these service lines for lifts will migrate to FTTP technology, enabling all connectivity on the site to be serviced with FTTP technology. 

An Openreach engineer will install the Openreach equipment, the Optical Network Termination (ONT) and the Battery backup in the commercial units. 

For sites that contain a mix of residential and commercial units, Openreach will continue to provide FTTP at no cost to the developer where there are 30 or more units.