Telford and Wrekin is doing fairly well for superfast broadband coverage already at 86.8% based on our own analysis, and a £5.6 million contract has just been signed with BT to add an extra 9,300 'residents and businesses'.
The extra premises should mean coverage will reach 98% with the option to buy a superfast broadband connection. The press release is a little odd in referring to residents in the numbers covered, since people do not live to 1 per property on average and if the 9,300 is really residents we do not expect the council to hit the 98% target - we presume its just a poorly worded press release and 9,300 homes and businesses is what it really means. One problem that affects any contract/project like this is if a builder in late 2015 decides to building another 1,500 properties in an area and the builder does not engage ahead of people moving in to ensure decent broadband coverage.
|thinkbroadband calculation of current fibre, superfast and new USO broadband coverage in Telford & Wrekin - 30th March 2015|
|Council Area||% fibre based||% superfast (>30 Mbps)||% cable||% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 5 Mbps (new USO)||% Under 15 Mbps|
|Telford and Wrekin||90.5%||86.8%||77.2%||0%||0.4%||1%||3.3%|
|Analysis is based on actual coverage and is not extrapolated from speed test results.|
If the project does hit 98% superfast coverage it is highly likely that something like 99.99% of premises will then have access to fibre based broadband. The big unknown is how much extra coverage is Virgin Media going to be building in specific areas as part of its £3 billion expansion over the next few years.
Survey work is set to start in Autumn 2015 and the first gap funded cabinets should start to appear in early 2016 with the deployment ending by the end of 2017.