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90% superfast coverage target declared by Staffordshire
Thursday 11 February 2016 15:53:52 by Andrew Ferguson

Superfast Staffordshire has announced that it has hit its 90% superfast broadband coverage target and is now working its way towards a 95% goal which will mean some 476,000 premises across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will have access to a superfast service if they decide to subscribe.

The pace of the roll-out from the different county level broadband projects becomes very apparent when you compare the constituency data we hold for Staffordshire with the figures from August 2015, just over six months ago.

"From a business perspective we can now host our own email, update our operating systems and programmes in a time frame that does not keep the computers and the internet connection tied up for hours at a time. For example, our payroll update before superfast broadband took more than three hours - now it takes less than 20 minutes. On a personal basis, reading the newspapers and watching related videos is so fast that it means I can do other things in the afternoon. BBCiPlayer and Netflix both stream programmes seamlessly and Skype works well."

Richard Clarke, resident and business user in Moreton
thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and its component constituencies
Figures 10th February 2016
(change since August 2015)
Area % fibre based
% superfast
> 24 Mbps
% superfast
>= 30 Mbps
% ultrafast
>= 100 Mbps
% Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 10 Mbps USO
Overall Project Area 94.8% 90% 88.9% 46.2% 0% 0.8% 4.7%
Staffordshire 93.8% 87.6% 86.2% 37.1% 0% 1% 6%
Stoke-on-Trent 98.2% 97.9% 97.8% 76% 0% 0.1% 0.6%
Burton 94.2% 89.5% (+4.5) 87.9% 0% 0% 0.8% 5.7%
Cannock Chase 97.9% 90.9% (+2.6) 89.3% 21.7% 0% 0.9% 4.2%
Lichfield 95.7% 89.1% (+3.9) 87.4% 59.3% 0% 1.1% 6.5%
Newcastle-under-Lyme 95.8% 93.6% (+11.7) 93.2% 69.4% 0% 0.1% 3.5%
South Staffordshire 94.5% 84.6% (+7.8) 81.7% 0.9% 0% 1.2% 6.1%
Stafford 96.5% 91.2% (+3.3) 90.2% 68% 0% 0.9% 5.2
Staffordshire Moorlands 87.3% 76% (+7.1) 74.1% 28.9% 0% 2.7% 9.2%
Stoke-on-Trent Central 97.6% 97.6% (+1.2) 97.6% 88.2% 0% 0% 0.3%
Stoke-on-Trent North 98% 96.4% (+2.6) 96.2% 72.5% 0% 0.5% 1.5%
Stoke-on-Trent South 99.4% 99% (+1.8) 98.7% 0% 0% 0.2% 0.4%
Stone 81.3% 73.5% (+15.1) 72.4% 17.8% 0% 1.2% 12.7%
Tamworth 97.5% 95.5% (+0.9) 95.2% 70.1% 0% 0.4% 2.9%

Correction: Sunday 14th February, a typo when combining the areas resulted in 9,000 premises missing from Stoke-on-Trent which shifted the combined coverage from 89.8% to 90% (89.997% to 3 decimal places). This does not affect the individual areas only the combined project total.


Posted by PhilCoates about 1 year ago
I can certainly confirm those figures for Stone and surrounds. Sadly its not featured in the Phase 2 plans.
Posted by tallmattuk about 1 year ago
What is actually meant by 90% coverage as I'm pretty sure that it doesn't mean that 90% of the lines or cabinets in an area are enabled for superfast. I live in a west yorkshire town that is supposedly enabled - but I can't find anyone, except in the town centre who can get the service. Mr Saffron, can you tell us what BT mean exactly, as I'm still none the wiser, or is it just marketing speak
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
We run our own systems and thus the project is saying 90% and our figures are at that too.

For a premise to be covered by superfast it has to have virgin cable or VDSL2 at 24 Mbps or faster available. The fibre column is the same but removes the speed qualification.

The question really is which town and can then give some relevant information.
Posted by tallmattuk about 1 year ago
andrew - thanks - I live in Todmorden in W Yorkshire and no one i know apart from in town can get superfast. I'm also working on a project for some local villages in the Todmorden and Hebden bridge area to get superfast by other means. Is it possible to get hold of your coverage maps so we can see what BT say is available, as SFWY arent very forthcoming
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
Okay Todmorden is a town of two halves and not part of Staffordshire e.g. Calder Valley Constituency is well under 90%

In terms of Todmorden itself parts of the town are enabled and parts are not, generally the Northern side is the bad bit and the southern the good bit.
Posted by tallmattuk about 1 year ago
lol, thanks Andrew, yes understand we're not, but appreciate the link
Posted by tallmattuk about 1 year ago
didn't know about your labs page - thats an amazing resource, thank you
Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
Try googling for codelook too

That tells you Todmorden has 22 cabinets, 12 of which are live (including 3 subsidised by SFWY). 7 say they are due to be live by May, and the other 3 are just "planned".
Posted by fastman about 1 year ago
Tallmattuk interested on what project on local villages in the Todmorden and Hebden bridge area to get superfast by other means.
Posted by zort70 about 1 year ago
0% FTTP is quite worrying for the future !

Can we break this down into area types, e.g. Rural, Urban, etc ?

I'm in one of the areas that are on the rollout plan but haven't been got to yet as we are at the outside of the area being upgraded.

e.g. the town first and radiate out approach
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
We do UK wide rural/urban splits using ONS definitions but while possible don't usually run the data on a per council/constituency area too.

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