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Devon and Somerset halfway towards 90% superfast broadband goal
Monday 20 July 2015 17:58:26 by Andrew Ferguson

When you say a job is half-way done there will always be those pleased with the progress and those who are not as they wanted it finished even before you started. This scenario is very much the case for the South West where the Connecting Devon and Somerset project has declared that with the project passing 170,000 premises with FTTC (and some FTTP) it is half way towards its eventual goal.

The BT/CDS press release is clear that of the 170,000 around 150,000 can get superfast at 24 Mbps or faster. The pace of the roll-out means that around another 10,000 premises every month are seeing fibre appear as an option on availability checkers.

Rather than take the figures at face value we have looked back to compare historical data and can show what the coverage was in October 2014 when the CDS had been running for a few months, so the majority of the coverage back then was commercial fibre roll-out.

  30 Mbps Superfast Coverage
Area October 2014 20th July 2015 Change
Bath and North East Somerset 68.6% 78.3% +9.7%
Devon County 1.2% FTTP 40% 61.8% +21.8%
North Somerset 49.6% 72.1% +22.5%
Somerset County 42.8% 59.8% +17%

"Photos are now uploaded to the academy’s shared Dropbox files whilst in class, meaning that the students have a gallery of their work before they have even left for the day. Previously, uploading large volumes of data was extremely difficult, and the students would struggle to share their work online. Now with our new superfast speeds, we can do just about anything and continue our expansion. It is very exciting."

Julie Collins, principal of The Academy of Floral Art

While the current coverage figures still show a lot more to do, the stories from those that are benefiting show what a difference it makes, and once the next half of the project delivers taking coverage to 90% at 24 Mbps and faster we may see a decrease in the volume of the complaints about fibre access in Devon and Somerset.

Update 21st July The processing for the latest changes to the constituency coverage has finished and is now available.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast Broadband Coverage in Devon and Somerset Constituencies - as of 21st July 2015
In ascending order of fibre coverage
Area % fibre based % superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
(change since 30th June)
% cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 15 Mbps
Somerton and Frome 48.2% 41.2% 40.2% (+2.7) 22.9% 0% 1.5% 39.7%
Torridge & West Devon 57.6% 46.6% 44.7% (+1.4) 0% 0% 3.9% 41.3%
Tiverton and Honiton 57.7% 45.4% 43.8% (=) 0% 0% 3.4% 38.8%
Central Devon 66.7% 49.4% 46.7% (+2.9) 0% 0.2% 3.7% 43.7%
Wells 67.9% 59.2% 58.2% (+4.8) 0% 0% 1.8% 29.7%
North East Somerset 69.1% 63.5% 62.6% (+2) 25% 0% 0.9% 25.1%
Totnes 69.6% 63% 62% (+2) 7.9% 0% 1.5% 22.9%
Bridgwater and West Somerset 71.8% 62.7% 60.4% (+0.2) 0% 0.2% 2.1% 28.4%
North Devon 73.7% 64.1% 60.8% (=) 0% 0% 1.9% 26.7%
Yeovil 76% 69.1% 67% (+4.2%) 0% 0% 1.6% 19.6%
Weston-Super-Mare 76.2% 68.7% 67.7% (+0.9) 0% 0% 0.6% 17.7%
South West Devon 82.8% 78.6% 78.1% (+0.1) 56.9% 0% 0.7% 18.4%
North Somerset 83.1% 77.8% 77% (+0.8) 42.9% 0% 2.2% 14.4%
Newton Abbot 84.4% 77.1% 75.6% (+0.4) 41.1% 0% 1% 13.7%
Taunton Deane 84.7% 73.8% 71.8% (=) 0% 0% 3.9% 19.2%
East Devon 85.1% 76.8% 74.5% (+1) 7.2% 0.2% 2.1% 15.9%
Torbay 91.9% 89.9% 89.6% 55.3% 0% 0% 6.7%
Bath 94.7% 93.7% 93.1% (=) 35.2% 0% 0.1% 2.1%
Exeter 97.2% 97% 97% (+0.1) 92% 8.4% 0% 1.9%
Plymouth Sutton and Devonport 97.6% 97.4% 97.3% (=) 93% 0% 0% 1.7%
Plymouth Moor View 98.9% 97.2% 96.6% (=) 89% 0% 0.6% 2.2%

Comments

Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
10,000 a week in the CDS area? Really?

That's a quarter of the nationwide rollout as a whole!
Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
Ah... The release says 10,000 per month. That ties with there being 150,000 left to do over the next 17 months.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
Fixed my week typo
Posted by therascal about 1 year ago
Where is Torbay in the list?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
Looks like I missed them off, will make table one row longer.
Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
Just for an idea of scale...

North Yorkshire's phase 1 was for 150,000 premises at Super fast speeds, and 170,000 covered by fibre IIRC. And that's the largest county in England, and one of the sparsest.

CDS is running a project twice that size.

Some people tend to forget the sheer scales involved.
Posted by fastman about 1 year ago
wwwombat very true !!!!
Posted by ValueforMoney about 1 year ago
The 770 cabinets installed so far needs to be saluted. Halfway and the premises passed is still above 200, little gap funding is needed.
What would be great in addition to this is if CDS or BT could confirm BT's direct capital contribution of some £7.7m of the costs incurred so far from the £41m promised to CDS.
Posted by jgrahamf about 1 year ago
I must be missing something here ?
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2415344/bt-fails-to-secure-gbp35m-devon-and-somerset-broadband-grant
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