Periodically we see data comparing broadband take-up in the UK with other countries around the world, but what is surprising is the variation around the UK. Now that all but a handful of BT exchanges can offer broadband, the variations should largely not be down to areas not having access to any of the forms of broadband.
|Local Authority||% of households||Local Authority||% of households|
|Cardiff||62.4%||Epsom and Ewell||62%|
Milton Keynes is the big change over the six month between up until December 2006, increasing take-up by 15.4%. This increase may reflect efforts to improve availability in Milton Keynes, as well the effects of the millions spent on marketing by some providers. The UK average is 46%, the far end of the table features West Dunbartonshire, Owestry, East Riding of Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight.
While Point Topic suggest that Milton Keynes may be an ideal place to deploy fibre either in the form of Fibre to the Home (FTTH) or Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), the large amount of new build properties in Swindon which has not as yet generated any interest in fibre deployment suggests it is still some years away other than perhaps one or two flagship developments. Swindon is growing at such a rate that it is actually getting a new BT telephone exchange, which will unfortunately still rely on a copper local loop for connecting consumers.