We have been tracking the roll-out of fibre based services for some two years now, though we only started publishing the data once we knew we were tracking coverage closely so it was a big surprise to read the following in the Ofcom Communications Market Report.
"Data provided to Ofcom by Openreach, Virgin Media and Kcom show that ultra-fast cable services (offering ‘up to’ 152Mbit/s) and/or superfast fibre services (offering headline speeds of ‘up to’ 76Mbit/s or higher) were available to 90% of UK premises in May 2015.(75)Ofcom 2015 Communications Market Report (Telecoms Section)
With the phrases ultrafast and superfast in that paragraph many will take this to mean the Governments promise of superfast (and Ofcom seem to use a definition of 30 Mbps for superfast) to 90% has been met. If you bother to read foot note 75 it becomes clearer and the 90% is referring to fibre based and once you add a speed qualify it becomes 83%. Both these figures fit in nicely with our own data which as of 4th August was 89.5% fibre based and 84.4% superfast (30 Mbps or better), there is around 0.1 to 0.2% to add in terms of fibre coverage down to KC where we have held back on our analysis as we were promised a set of postcode data a while back but this has not arrived yet.