Connecting Cumbria has claimed on the first anniversary of cabinets starting to live under the programme that the project has made fibre based broadband available to some 50,000 homes and businesses.
To date some 200 areas have been FTTC enabled with a new fibre cabinet, another 100 are in the actual build phase and it is expected that another 200 will be placed towards the 93% target. The target we believe is 93% with access to superfast broadband, which given the current 58% with the option of a fibre based broadband service means the next 300 cabinets are very much needed.
We have looked into the 58% figure mentioned in the press coverage and it looks to be correct as we independently have worked out that 57.9% of households in Cumbria have access to an Openreach fibre service, of those households around we believe 95% should be able to get 30 Mbps or faster speeds. Back in 2013 Ofcom declared a coverage of just 26%.
Of course spending millions of public money is wasted if no-one is buying the new service and our speed test provides a very good indicator of the changing broadband fortune for the county.
|Period||Median Download||Median Upload||Download Speed of Top 25%||%'age of Superfast Tests||%'age of Tests below 2 Mbps|
|Q1 2013||5.1 Mbps||0.55 Mbps||9.5 Mbps||5.2%||25.7%|
|Q2 2013||5.6 Mbps||0.60 Mbps||11.4 Mbps||7.9%||19%|
|Q3 2013||6.4 Mbps||0.65 Mbps||15 Mbps||13.3%||18.6%|
|Q4 2013||6.2 Mbps||0.67 Mbps||14.4 Mbps||13%||19.2%|
|Q1 2014||6.6 Mbps||0.74 Mbps||16.6 Mbps||15.4%||15.8%|
|Q2 2014||7.3 Mbps||0.82 Mbps||21.5 Mbps||18%||16%|
|Jul/Aug 2014||7.9 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||19.8 Mbps||18.9%||12%|