We have combined our analysis of broadband coverage across the UK and speed test result analysis into a new easy to use availability and coverage tool that means you can check on your areas progress at any time.
The new tool lets anyone look at the level of fibre and superfast based broadband coverage by local authority, constituency or if you supply a postcode we will lookup which constituency and authority you are in and also provide availability information relevant to your postcode.
With a UK superfast coverage level of 82.1% less than four weeks before the General Election the probability of hitting the mythical 90% level is pretty much zero, but no-one should be surprised as the politicians have been talking of late 2015/early 2016 for when we will cross that boundary. A map of the superfast availability in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales shows England in the lead at 84%. Northern Ireland has fibre availability to 93.7% of premises but our recently updated maps.thinkbroadband.com shows that a lot of premises in Northern Ireland are a long way from their cabinets.
Not all areas of the UK are blessed with high levels of fibre coverage, one of the worst areas if the Carmarthen East & Dinefwr Constituency with just 9.5% availability of superfast fibre (another 1.8% can get FTTC but below the 30 Mbps threshold). This is reflected in the low mean (7.6 Mbps) and median (4.6 Mbps) download speeds.
Previously when we have published coverage and speed data Northern Ireland has been treated as a single block, but by using constituencies we can now sub-divide Northern Ireland into 18 sections. Belfast East is one of the better areas for both speed test results and coverage while Mid Ulster is towards the bottom with superfast coverage of 47% and a median download of 6.8 Mbps (upload 0.8 Mbps).
The coverage data generally updates once a week and speed test information is updated monthly, with local authority and constituencies reflecting the last complete quarter, so currently Q1 2015.