North Lincolnshire has declared that it has finished the roll-out for its round one BDUK project and will shortly start to deliver cabinets as part of the superfast extension project to take superfast fibre coverage to 95% and beyond.
The project has a declared aim of making superfast broadband available to 92.5% of premises and businesses in the combined area of North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire. The original aim was 89% but some extra money in 2013 let them increase the targets.
The project is declaring some 31,000 premises have benefited from the project and as with the rest of the UK we tracking the progress independently from the projects own announcements. We leave the armchair accountants to argue over the invoicing aspects of the projects.
|thinkbroadband calculation of North Lincolnshire Superfast Coverage and North East Lincolnshire Coverage- 18th June 2015|
|Area||% fibre based||% superfast (>30 Mbps)||% cable||% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 5 Mbps (new USO)||% Under 15 Mbps|
|Combined Project Total||93.5%||89.4%||64.2%||0%||0.9%||3.4%||6.9%|
|North East Lincolnshire||94.8%||93.7%||88.6%||0%||0.3%||1.9%||4.2%|
Update 18th June: The last round of upgrades in the project area and Exchange Only work have now been integrated into the table, and have improved superfast coverage by 2%. If the lower definition of 24 Mbps is used for superfast the figure is another 0.8% closer to the original projects aim.
So our data suggests at speeds of 30 Mbps or faster 89.4% (87.1% before last round of cabinet updates) of premises are covered, which is below the original target by a margin of just 3%. Given that we take a pessimistic view on VDSL2 speeds, i.e. our estimate is often at the lower end of the range Openreach suggests and thus suggests that BT has delivered what it was contracted to do.
The scale of the USC gap is pretty small in the North Lincolnshire project area, with the 0.9% translating to between 1,200 and 1,500 premises. In terms of the future with 2 Mbps becoming more outdated every day, the numbers not hitting the proposed 5 Mbps USO speed and our own 15 Mbps threshold measure may provide a clearer picture of coverage.