FTTP Exchanges Update: October 2021

Last month, Openreach confirmed a change in Stop Sell dates to 133 exchanges that fall under Tranche 1b and Tranche 2.

The Stop Sell implementation date for these exchanges was previously set for 5th October 2021 but this has now been updated to 13th October 2021.

The reason for the change is to allow Openreach to finish analysis on the respective exchanges to ensure that they have reached the minimum requirement of 75% of total premises passed for FTTP before initiating Stop Sell.

What is a Stop Sell?

Stop Sell notices are issued when an exchange has over 75% of Customers Ready For Service (CRFS) Ultrafast enabled, or when there is a high guarantee that the exchange will reach 75% within the next 12 months.

When an exchange enters Stop Sell, this means that premises connecting to these exchanges will no longer be able to purchase new copper-based products if FTTP is available to them; if a premise does not have access to FTTP, only Single Order broadband products, MPF and WLR will be available.

In addition to the Stop Sell, Openreach will also enforce a “No Move Back to Copper” policy from the date of the Stop Sell notification, so it is important to ensure your customers have migrated all their services to a Single Order variant and IP-based alternatives to avoid loss of service.

To find out more about these exchanges and start preparing your affected customers, download our updated FTTP Exchanges Resource Pack, below.

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