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£4.6m clawback for Lincolnshire superfast broadband project
Friday 13 November 2015 10:11:04 by Andrew Ferguson

The large claw back lump sum previously announced by BT is now another £4.6m smaller as the programme manager for the OnLincolnshire project has revealed this is the amount of money coming back to the project and will be used to extend coverage further than previously expected.

The report on gives some homes passed metrics, which tally up with our own data and given where the project says it is and if the deployment rate remains steady the original goal of 88% or 89% availability of superfast broadband by April 2016 will be met and might even be exceeded even before any claw back or savings are re-invested.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage across Lincolnshire and its constituencies
Data from 10th November 2015
Area % fibre based % superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 10 Mbps USO
Lincolnshire County 92.6% 82.9% 81% 24.2% 0% 2.3% 9.4%
Boston and Skegness 90.2% 79.1% 75.9% 0% 0% 1.7% 11.8%
Gainsborough 93.4% 79.3% 77.1% 12% 0% 3.8% 12.3%
Grantham and Stamford 92% 86.3% 85.2% 35.7% 0% 1.3% 8.5%
Lincoln 99.1% 98.4% 98.2% 88.5% 0% 0.2% 0.4%
Louth and Horncastle 87.8% 74% 71.3% 3.6% 0% 3.6% 14.4%
Sleaford and North Hykeham 94% 81.8% 80.5% 24.2% 0% 3.9% 10.5%
South Holland and The Deepings 91.5% 80% 77.7% 0.4% 0% 1.8% 8.6%

The figures above do not take into account the fixed wireless coverage offered by AB Internet in a decent chunk of Lincolnshire which will do a lot to help in resolving 2 Mbps (USC) and 10 Mbps (USO) coverage, our availability checker does tell you if it thinks AB Internet may be available at a postcode.

The rural nature of Lincolnshire outside the cathedral city is clearly shown by the 10 percentage point difference between fibre based broadband availability and the delivery of superfast at 24 Mbps or 30 Mbps and faster. This means that to target high levels of superfast coverage in the area of 95% or better it is likely we will see similar techniques to those used elsewhere in the UK e.g. FTTP where economic or extra fibre (VDSL2) cabinets to significantly reduce the copper distance.


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