Nottinghamshire is one of the latest local authorities to announce their phase 2 contract, which is set to comprise of £2.63m from Westminster and another £2.63m from the Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal, no information on the contribution from BT yet. The new contract is set to take superfast coverage to 97%, after the phase 1 project reaches a 95% fibre based broadband availability target. In a rare move it seems some projected coverage figures were released to ISPreview so we can compare with our own data and see which areas still need the most work before the end of phase 1.
|thinkbroadband calculation of Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham progress towards 95% fibre based goal - 10th May 2015|
|Council Area||Projected Phase 1 availability||% fibre based
|% superfast (>30 Mbps)||% cable||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 5 Mbps (new USO)||% Under 15 Mbps|
|City of Nottingham||n/a||97.1%||96.7%||91%||0%||0.7%||1.5%|
|Newark and Sherwood District||88.8%||85%||80.7%||44.4%||1.2%||9.1%||10.5%|
Correction On 20th November we discovered a bug that affected coverage calculations for only district councils, this has been fixed and the historical data updated to show the correction. County councils and unitary authorities were not affected.
NOTE: Projected Phase 1 Availability is the target the council expects to hit by March 2016. The remaining columns show the status in terms of coverage based on analysis by thinkbroadband.com and reflect live cabinets as of 10th May 2015.
Nottinghamshire added 0.2% of coverage at superfast speeds in the last few days, such is the pace of the roll-out and is one of the best covered counties now. The phase 1 project by virtue of just deploying FTTC looks set to almost fully address the USC as the areas with thousands under 2 Mbps still generally have a good chunk of fibre based coverage to complete.
Hopefully the next couple of months will see an announcement of the detail for how the dispersed premises falling outside the USC 2 Mbps target will be helped. This is likely to come from the DCMS and while it is expected to be a satellite based voucher scheme, if the vouchers are flexible enough to allow aggregating vouchers and paying for a fixed wireless or maybe part payment for Gigaclear FTTH style roll-out then it would not feel so much a case of wasted money.