TalkTalk has issued its latest quarterly results and while overall numbers of broadband customers have only gone up by 8,000 there has been significant growth in YouView customers and take-up of FTTC based fibre services.
The operator has 96% of its 4,071,000 customers on its LLU network, with 82% on the full LLU network. This LLU network extends to around 95% of properties in the UK via 2,798 exchanges (added 74 in the quarter). The number of fibre customers has reached 95,000 adding 22,000 in the last quarter alone, suggesting that demand is starting to increase. YouView appears to be the driver at TalkTalk though with 390,000 customers using the hybrid FreeView/IPTV device, an increase of 160,000 in the last quarter.
The fact that TalkTalk say that 95% are covered by their LLU network, demonstrates part of the problem with the roll-out of the 2 Mbps USC and superfast services in the final 5%, this 5% (1.4 million premises) is served by around 2,700 exchanges if you are going to follow the traditional telecoms wiring and ducting.