After a little confusion caused by the Ofcom Communications Report with some not knowing the difference between fibre and superfast definitions we felt it would be prudent to share our own data on coverage in the nations and regions of the UK.
The rather large image above that attempts to show all the local authorities gives a nice graphical summary of where we stand and while the coverage is still someway below the national target on the left hand side this chart is changing weekly particularly as areas like Scotland and Wales are now starting to deal with the some of the more poorly served areas. Of course until coverage hits 100% in every part of the UK at speeds that make everyone happy we will keep seeing committee meetings about why area xyz has worse coverage than area abc.
|thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC and Fibre
Broadband Coverage across the nations and regions
In descending order of superfast coverage - figures 4th August 2015
|Area||% fibre based||% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
30 Mbps or faster
|% cable||% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 15 Mbps|
|East of England||88.2%||83.5%||82.6%||47.1%||0.2%||1.2%||11.5%|
|Yorkshire and Humber||84.9%||80.9%||80%||44.9%||1.8%||1%||13.5%|
Perhaps the most important statistics are not the coverage at superfast levels, but how the regions are performing at the USC level and apart from Northern Ireland this actually does not look that bad and may explain politicians and local authorities are favouring a satellite based solution for USC coverage, since it can be deployed quickly and while not giving a perfect solution will make e-mail and other critical tasks achievable.
The rural nature of Northern Ireland outside the big cities is clear from the big gulf between fibre availability and superfast speeds, but we are seeing changes as infill cabinets and network rearrangement takes place to give people better speeds from VDSL2 and even the start of the some FTTP roll-out.