The plight of North Yorkshire and those living in the more rural areas is back under the broadband spotlight, the project announced its phase 1 completion in May 2015, and at that time we were seeing coverage at 73% superfast and as the final cabinets have been found and also gone live this has subsequently risen to 80.6% coverage at 24 Mbps (78.9% at 30 Mbps) and fibre based broadband (cable, VDSL2 or FTTP) available to 92.5%. When you include York that was part of the phase 1 project the figure rises to around 82.5% at 24 Mbps or faster.
While many parts of the UK have rushed to announce their phase 2 contract signing to deliver 95% superfast coverage, North Yorkshire has been slower than most and is only just now announcing the amount of public money available and that is some £21 million, £13 million from the local authorities and some £8m as a combined total from the UK and EU Governments. This latest project has the aim of getting superfast coverage up to a level of 95% in line with the rest of the UK projects. If the coverage is sitting at 86% superfast as the project claims this suggests a public subsidy of around £850 to reach the 95% superfast target. If our own 79.5% figure is correct then the subsidy will be round £500 per premise, the reality is likely to sit in between our worst case scenario of how we think cross talk will impact speeds and the projects own hopes. Remember that with York going over to West Yorkshire, the existing superfast coverage in our figures drops from 81.5% to 79.5%.
|thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC and Fibre
Broadband Coverage across constituences that comprise North Yorkshire
- figures as of 6th September 2015
|Area||% fibre based||% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
30 Mbps or faster
|% cable||% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 15 Mbps|
|North Yorkshire County (excluding York)||92.5%||80.6%||78.9%||12.9%||1.08%||3.4%||16.6%|
|Harrogate and Knaresborough||97.7%||94.1%||93.5%||74.7%||0%||0.3%||4%|
|Scarborough and Whitby||96.1%||90.8%||89.6%||0%||0.51%||2.2%||8%|
|Selby and Ainsty||92.7%||76.2%||74.2%||0%||3.49%||3.8%||20.4%|
|Skipton and Ripon||90.2%||76.4%||74.4%||0%||1.22%||4%||20.1%|
|Thirsk and Malton||87.4%||71.4%||68.9%||0.1%||1.41%||4.7%||25%|
York was part of the phase 1 BDUK project, but has shifted to align itself with West Yorkshire for the phase 2 projects. The York figures do not include any coverage from the Sky/TalkTalk UFO project, the FTTP coverage is native FTTP from Openreach.
Update Wednesday 9th September 2015 While most UK authorities and their 95% superfast broadband projects are considered to be phase 2, as North Yorkshire slipped in an interim phase 2 set of work after the phase 1 completed, the Superfast Extension Project (SEP) is actually phase 3 in that area.
Update 10th September 2015, latest coverage information added, as we found a few cabinets and some FTTP that we had previously missed in North Yorkshire, taking the basic 79.5% coverage at 24 Mbps (77.6% at 30 Mbps) up to 80.6% and 78.9% respectively.