South Yorkshire when the BDUK process started was going to rely on the Digital Region project which went the way of so many other local authority projects and became a big hole for shoving public cash into. Jump forward to the end of 2014 and the project and goals were set for a BDUK project to improve broadband coverage in South Yorkshire and now some 9 months later the project has given birth to its first fibre cabinets.
As the first cabinets are only just going live, it is a perfect time to publish where we believe current levels of coverage are in the area and thus people can easily see over time how things improve and then judge for themselves whether the project is delivering or not.
|thinkbroadband calculation of fibre and superfast availability in South Yorkshire - data from 28th July 2015|
|Council Area||% fibre based||% superfast
|% cable||% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 15 Mbps|
Correction On 20th November 2015, we discovered a bug where some district councils had incorrect data, we have updated the table above to reflect the correct values. This only affected district councils, rather than our more commonly used constituencies.
One of the first cabinets to go live is Barnsley cabinet 19 and is in the above figures, but with a goal of 98% fibre based coverage a superfast coverage level of 95% looks achievable for some point in 2017.
Hopefully the project will develop its own website resources in time and do as other areas have and publish a list of which cabinets are live through the project.
The roll-out in South Yorkshire may be more keenly anticipated than even some rural areas, because the failure of Digital Region resulted in some people having enjoyed VDSL2 packages at speeds of 100 Mbps who when the cabinets were decommissioned only had ADSL2+ as their broadband option.