Point Topic has been busy analysing the various datasets for UK broadband coverage and have mapped each postcode in the UK to its telephone exchange and modelled the downstream speeds, thus is able to give scorecards for the local authorities across the UK. Which is very useful information for local government, providers and altnet projects who are researching which areas of the UK need the most help.
For the UK Government the data is not encouraging, as the overall UK picture suggests that by the end of 2014, 71% of premises will have access to a NGA solution, this rises to 81% by the end of 2015 and does not break the 90% barrier until sometime in 2017 with the end of 2017 carrying a projection of 91% coverage for NGA broadband (i.e. a super fast service). The only UK region set to break the 90% target by the end of 2015 is London.
For the individual as the postcode level information is still behind the paywall, it will not tell you how fast a specific property will be, but the projections of the availability of Next Generation Access (super fast broadband) are informative for which parts of the UK to consider setting up home or locating your business in.
Portsmouth, Kingston upon Hull, Watford, Manchester, Norwich, Ipswich, Southampton, City of London, Leicester, Eastbourne, Oxford, Bournemouth, Worthing, Northampton, Gosport, Worcester, Derby, Tameside, Trafford, Plymouth, Oldham, Rushmoor, Poole, Brighton and Hove, Oadby and Wigston, Crawley, Belfast, Rochdale, Epsom and Ewell, Southend, Castle Point, Adur, Cambridge, Bury, Cardiff, Lincoln, Medway, Torbay, Salford, Spelthorne, Havant, Cannock Chase, Hertsmere, Redditch, Fareham, Kensington and Chelsea, Exeter, Reading, Islington, Stoke on Trent, North Down, Stockport, Swindon, Lewisham, Thanet, Hackney, Lambeth, Chesterfield, Westminster, Camden, York, ChristchurchLocal authority areas that should have 95% or better NGA coverage by end of 2015
This list of the best covered areas adds up to some 4.6 million households and 417,565 business premises.
So if your idea of picking a place is to throw a dart at a map, we would recommend sticking to the areas mentioned above when throwing your dart. The ten local authorities that Point Topic estimate will have the worst NGA coverage by the end of 2015 follow: Copeland (28%), South Lakeland (28%), North Warwickshire (27%), East Lindsey (24%), Tewkesbury (22%), Cotswold (20%), Redcar and Cleveland (18%), North East Lincolnshire (14%), Darlington (7%) and Forest of Dean (4%). These areas at the bottom of the table comprise 453,400 households and 41,000 business premises.
With some local authority projects already talking of continuing beyond 2015, Point Topic do extend their projection to the end of 2017, which radically changes the worst performing areas, Eilean Star (43%), Shetland Islands (50%) and the Orkney Islands (51%) are at the bottom of the table for super fast coverage if you look at the 2017 figures.