Mar 2020

COVID 19 Network Services Update

Posted on March 26 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic
Important Update

A number of our upstream network operators have issued notifications around service availability and other constraints. Please read the details below:

Openreach has announced Matters Beyond Our Reasonable Control (MBORC) on all products, effective from Wednesday 25th March 2020.

This contractually releases them from liabilities under their product terms and conditions, such as SLAs. This affects all of Openreach’s products, as well as their engineering services. Affected products include (but are not limited to) the following:
• GEA FTTC (including Gfast), FTTP (including Fibre-on-Demand), GEA Cablelink/ SOGEA/ SOGfast
• Ethernet: EAD, EBD, Cablelink, Street Access CCTV Access, Broadcast Access, WES/WEES/BES (repair only), TDM Access Service
• New Sites
• Number Porting

Openreach will now only prioritise essential work, while minimising work that requires engineers to enter end customer premises.


Provisioning carried out by Service Delivery and Fibre and Network Delivery will be limited to:
• Self-install activities (i.e. where there is no engineering visit to the end customer premises)
• Service to vulnerable end customers (in-home and carried out safely, only where essential)
• Those end customers who have no other form of broadband or telephony
• On-premises work for critical national infrastructure customers (NHS, pharmacies, utilities, emergency services, retail and wholesale food distribution outlets, financial services businesses and other categories defined by the Government)

With immediate effect:

Appointment books will be closed for new appointed provision, with books moved out to 1st June 2020.
• Openreach will attempt to complete appointed in-flight orders outside of the premises
• Non-appointed orders will continue to go ahead, where no visit is required to go to the premises (transfers, upgrades to Fibre to the Cabinet)
• Repair books will remain open at this time - Openreach are reviewing non-urgent repair
• Engineers will be asked NOT to enter the end customer premises and to enable/restore service where possible from outside of the premises
• Openreach will ask CPs to help them identify Critical Network Infrastructure and vulnerable end customer tasks in order to prioritise these

Order and fault updates

Openreach have been forced to restrict many of their channels of non-critical communication. Updates are currently only accessible via specific Fault and Order Trackers online.

We are unable to call Openreach support desks or use e-chat so must await information to appear on the Trackers.

Suspension of Number Porting

There is currently a temporary suspension of porting services at Openreach. This will prevent new port orders and affect any orders that are in-flight.

Services affected include WLR, IP Telephony and Inbound / NGN services. IPEX are working directly with Openreach, Other Licensed Operators (OLO) and the Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator (OTA) to find a way forward.

We are advised that Openreach are standing up additional agent resource with the aim to return to as near as business as usual on data actions by early next week. They will address existing backlogs and focus on activation delays with potential loss of service as a priority.

We will keep you informed of any updates and apologise for the inconvenience.


We are receiving notifications from some of our equipment suppliers and also Royal Mail about potential delays to delivery. Short notice and next day delivery cannot be guaranteed.



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