Planning is underway for the phase 2 roll-out of superfast broadband in North Lincolnshire after the phase 1 target of 92.5% superfast was announced as complete in June 2015. While phase 2 is not delivering yet, the coverage has grown a little more and this is most likely due to a few cabinets going live just after the official announcement and on-going tracking of what has changed for exchange only line areas.
The phase 2 contract now comprises some £4 million of funding, £1.1m is re-investment due to the gain share (claw back) process that BT kick started early, another £0.9m of new BT investment, £1m in savings from phase 1 due to the target being met under budget and finally £1.18m from central Government. It is expected to deliver improvements to another 4,000 premises which we estimate to be around another 2.5% of North Lincolnshire premises.
|thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC and Fibre
Broadband Coverage across North Lincolnshire
- figures as of 12th August 2015
|Area||% fibre based||% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
30 Mbps or faster
(change since 18/06)
|% cable||% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 15 Mbps|
|Combined Project Total||93.8%||90.3%||89.6% (+0.2)||64.5%||0%||1%||6.7%|
|North East Lincolnshire||95.3%||94.2%||94.1% (+0.4)||89.1%||0%||0.5%||4%|
|North Lincolnshire||92.3%||86.5%||85.2% (=)||40.2%||0%||1.5%||9.1%|
The change is fairly minor but at 24 Mbps or faster the project is past the Governments 90% target, additionally if the Lightning roll-out from Virgin Media delivers extensively during the phase 2 period we will see the extra 2.5% from BDUK phase 2 and mostly overlap from Virgin Media but so crucial urban gaps may be filled.