The Department of Culture Media and Sport has announced a figure of 1,908,725 premises already passed and able to get superfast broadband using public money via BDUK projects may be of little comfort to the few million still not able to get superfast broadband, but the project is continuing and thus every week more people gain the option.
|Cumulative to end of:||Premises with superfast broadband service made available||BDUK funding (£)||Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure|
The BDUK update from the DCMS makes it clear that this 1.9 million figure excludes those who cannot get superfast (i.e. a speed of 24 Mbps or faster) and also importantly does not include premises where there is an overlap with an existing superfast service, e.g. Virgin Media cable. In areas where overlaps with existing services exist projects should be adjusting the gap funding so that less public money is used on those cabinets.
The sums of money published by the BDUK represent the money from central Government, so do not include any funding from ERDF, local councils and of course the contribution from BT themselves. This means that the level of public funding broadly doubles, but this will vary from council to council and cabinet to cabinet.
Of course the percentage getting superfast speeds is not the whole story and while no official figures are available from the DCMS we have looked at England, Scotland and Wales and the table below shows the current expected spread of speeds for the FTTC/FTTP services that have been deployed both commercially and via the BDUK process.
|thinkbroadband.com analysis of FTTC roll-out speeds|
|Under 2 Mbps||2.9%||5.2%||2.5%|
|2 to 4 Mbps||0.6%||0.6%||0.8%|
|4 to 10 Mbps||1.1%||0.9%||1.5%|
|10 to 15 Mbps||1.9%||1.6%||2.7%|
|15 to 24 Mbps||1.8%||1.7%||2.9%|
|Superfast (over 24 Mbps)||91.6%||89.9%||89.5%|
|Superfast (over 60 Mbps)||29.5%||28.3%||19.6%|
|Ultrafast (native GEA-FTTP)||0.75%||0.0002%||0.001%|
It needs to be highlighted that this excludes any ADSL/ADSL2+ or cable speeds and is purely a picture of how VDSL2 appears to be performing across the landscape and is not a study into how close the USC is to becoming reality. Obviously the picture does not translate as a speed template to every cabinet or exchange, since there are variations in the distribution of premises. The gap funded roll-out is the only reason there is some GEA-FTTP in Scotland and Wales and while the coverage is very small it is growing.