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Ofcom publishes broadband ranking for UK local authorities
Thursday 02 February 2012 09:35:39 by Andrew Ferguson

Along with the UK average speeds for the six months ending November 2011, Ofcom has issued an update to its map of local authorities and their relative performance in the broadband market. The regional data is not as recent since it was last updated in August 2011, so will not reflect the rapid pace at which Openreach is rolling out FTTC, and the ongoing upgrades from Virgin Media. The timing of the publication does help to provide a baseline by which we can judge the BDUK roll-outs in the future. Though we will probably have to wait a year or more for the projects to start delivering.

Ofcom regional data
Click image for full data table

In terms of allowing individuals to see how their broadband stands in relation to others in the same area, this table is much more relevant than simply knowing the UK average. Our own maps.thinkbroadband.com allows you to drill right down to the street level and also is useful for checking whether people are successfully running a superfast service in an area.

The scoring system is not a simple 1 is best, 5 is worst, as people may have noticed that no area scored 1 for average sync speed. 1 applies to an area with 16 Mbps or faster, 2 is 10 Mbps to 16 Mbps, 3 is between 8 Mbps and 10 Mbps, 4 is 6 Mbps to 8 Mbps and the last category is slower than 6 Mbps. The full scoring system Ofcom uses can be found alongside on the Ofcom website.

Comments

Posted by camieabz over 5 years ago
Lots of 4s in the synce speed category. A far better measure than the previous article, which seems to focus on package offered, which as we know, is no measure of anything other than marketing. ;)
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
I debated over publishing a summary, but felt it worth giving the full table more visibility than it has buried in the Ofcom site.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
TBB maps link wrong.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Thanks, fingers went into auto pilot and typed www
Posted by jumpmum over 5 years ago
Still very biased by take up (of the slower) products. Many NI places show high % under 2Mb even thouigh FTTC is available in all bar 2 NI exchanges (see dungannon 33% and 97%). This suggests that some slow speeds are 'chosen' by people even when faster ones are available.
Posted by vicdupreez over 5 years ago
@jumpmum

Which 2 NI exchanges does not have FTTC? Pretty sure there is more than just 2...

Vic
Posted by jumpmum over 5 years ago
Also very interesting to see how many places are in the 90% for SFBB coverage. I wonder if they count from when the exchange is enabled as coverage of the whole exchange area!
Posted by jumpmum over 5 years ago
Someone quoted as two exchanges in Belfast, howver I have looked at openreach lists and think this should have been 2 in Belfast. There are 171 in NI enabled and 13 still to do, only 3 appear any size, Knock and 2 Belfast ones others are very small
Posted by nickkcin over 5 years ago
You can't choose a 2M service, you can only choose an 'upto' service (used to be 8M, now 20M). So the less than 2M is a measure of what speed can be achieved, not what people are buying. Someone getting <2M is rarely going to see much of an increase in speed with FTTC, someone getting 8M will do.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
As I always say, stats are only as good as the questions you want answered. And you can tailor your question to make things appear how you want.
However, this time OFCOM appear to have used the right questions, so coverage is based upon the number of addresses that are connected to a service that has an above 24Mbps speeds. What it doesn't say is that they are connected and would get those speeds.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Unless, OFCOM got the ONS to crunch the BT DB for the 10 million premises passed for those above 24Mbps... but I doubt it.
Posted by WWWombat over 5 years ago
I see Cornwall still rates as a 5 for superfast availability. Is the rollout going that slowly?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Just because you are connected to an enabled exchange does not mean you get those speeds, and people are beginning to realise this con. The same will apply to those connected to 'superfast' exchanges. They will enter the stats, but they won't deliver the advertised speeds. So BT will crow that 90% are superfast. but they won't be. Just like they said 99.8% of the uk can get broadband. There is broadband, and there is broadband. Even some urban folk are stuck on under a meg in some areas. Upgrading the exchange won't help them.
Posted by mervl over 5 years ago
I must congratulate the Government and its agencies on continuing to play a blinder in the PR game.

The only slight fly in the ointment is that for DSL the services available at and your distance from the exchange/cab DSLAM, are what matter more than where you live according to the latest table. Still "if you can't convince them, then confuse them" always worked.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Figures are from August 2011, so would expect some areas to be picking up.

As always the devil is in the detail, and always try to emphasis that when talking about the averages, ie. are you average? No I thought not.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
cd - what's your solution for the UK?
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
CD

Are you saying that speeds that are advertised should be guaranteed throughput?
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
cyberdoyle, why won't they deliver the advertised speeds? Have you see the other article that shows the average FTTC at 36-38Mbps? With overheads they ARE the advertised speeds so... again not sure where you are getting this info
Posted by jtthedevil over 5 years ago
The figures prove what i've been saying all along. I'm on the Antrim exchange where we have 98% superfast coverage, and my cabinet has been upgraded, so i'm in that bracket. Except i'm also too far from the cabinet and get 0.5mb, along with a quarter of the coverage not getting 2mb. Are these not the people the DETI and Euro money were designed to help? As the rollout closes shortly, what is going to happen to the rest of us. Lies, damn lies and superfast coverage!
Posted by WWWombat over 5 years ago
@jtthedevil:

Until coverage reaches 100%, there will always be someone who is notionally within a "superfast rollout area" who isn't actually covered by it. Such people are the unfortunate 30% or 20% or 10% of the stats that are being bandied about. The statistics aren't lies, but they sure do feel like it when you are on the wrong side of them.

It is a good question whether the central funding (whatever source) was meant to help the people in the 70-90% gap, or the 90-100% gap. But best thing going forward is to try to co-ordinate at council level, and get them to take the case forward.
Posted by WWWombat over 5 years ago
@cyberdoyle: "people are beginning to realise this con"

Unfortunately, Ofcom disagrees with you. Their figures show that more than 50% of people on the "up to 40" FTTC packages were downloading at between 35 and 38 Mbps, when the top 10% could only get 38 Mbps.

Those stats say that FTTC is doing a *far* better job at delivering its promises than ADSL2+ (where 50% get 3-10Mbps).

Yes, some rural areas don't get this benefit. But don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Posted by WWWombat over 5 years ago
Edit:

Scrub that. It appears that the donwload speed range of 35-38Mbps is for the middle 50% (ie from those people at the 25 percentile speed up to the 75 percentile).

This means it isn't just 50% that get those speeds - it is 75% of FTTC subscribers are getting 35Mbps and above.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
@jtthedevil

Living in the middle of nowhere has its up/downside, you want fast broadband, you're going to have to move to an economically viable area.
Posted by chrysalis over 5 years ago
those stats are a mockery, leics has high figures with low FTTC coverage, VM isnt proper super high speed broadband.
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