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£81 of central Government money spent per premise so far by BDUK
Thursday 07 August 2014 13:49:09 by Andrew Ferguson

It is four months since the last report but we now have an updated performance indicator report by the DCMS on the BDUK process and thus we have the figures for how the roll-out has performed between December 2012 and June 2014.

Cumulative to end of: Premises with superfast broadband service made available BDUK funding (£) Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure
December 2012 254 £434,735 584
March 2013 16,638 £6,767,185 2,459
June 2013 38,343 £6,767,185 5,666
September 2013 111,968 £10,347,568 10,821
December 2013 273,731 £14,182,547 19,301
February 2014 370,000 n/a n/a
March 2014 508,801 £58,586,408 8,685
June 2014 888,113 £72,437,233 12,260

The rate at which premises are being passed has jumped significantly in 2014, largely due to the commercial roll-out by Openreach coming to an end and while some will question the figures, the number of releases from each local authority testify to the fact that the roll-outs are picking up speed. We don't feature every release or announcement from the projects because there are so many now.

It is important to take note, that the DCMS figures only include premises able to get faster than 24 Mbps and if a cabinet overlaps with a commercial area then the overlapping premises are also excluded from the figures.

The cost at £81 per premise is amount of cash that the BDUK has granted to the various authorities to the end of June 2014 (RCBF projects and the city voucher scheme are not included), of course there is the local match funding to add on top of this. The level of the local contribution varies from project to project and obviously individual cabinets are going to have different levels of gap funding applied due to varying amounts of work to deliver, install and commission the cabinet and associated fibre network.


Posted by mikejp over 2 years ago
Here we go again! "..figures only include premises able to get faster than 24 Mbps" does DCMS tell us how this 'ability' is assessed? Is it only premises within 1000m of enabled cabinets or just 'homes passed' (again).
Posted by mikejp over 2 years ago
Thanks for the link. I see it is not 'homes passed' but am still curious as to how these 'speeds' are being assesed.
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
mike jp there will be an audit process and check and balance to ensure that payment is made for what is contracted for ther will be a mechanism in the contract to prove how many > 24 m/bps premises you are providing nad that that number is in line with what you have contraced to deliver

Posted by mikejp over 2 years ago
One would certainly hope so! The question is how is it done?
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
early phases of roll out will be cabs on enabled exchanges but not covered under commercial or child exchanges which are exchanges next to enabled exchanges so they are easier to do -- costs wil increase during the latter phases as these will be the hardest / expensive places to do (within the cost cap)
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
On the deciding whether a premise is superfast or not several ways to do it and none are perfect.

Perfection would as a each cabinet rolls out to fill it with line cards and add second cab as needed and install a VDSL2 modem at the end of every line and see how the cross talk impacts and get a real world test for the lines performance. Only issue would be cost, time, disruption and difficulty of doing this.
Posted by mikejp over 2 years ago
Are the modem stats not available to the ISP?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
Don't believe they are on the Openreach modem, but nothing to stop CP CPE talking to their server to inform them of stats. Of course this only works once people have ordered and got it installed.
Posted by Unknown101 over 2 years ago
Andrew - also PCP only jumpered orders will in some cases still have poor internal wiring which is the end users responsibility. If the speeds crap due to the internal wiring that the CP or end user didn't want to pay Openreach for a managed install then this will reflect the speed and won't be BDUK/BT's problem.
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