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Essex within a whisker of its 87% phase 1 broadband target
Sunday 21 February 2016 10:19:19 by Andrew Ferguson

Our tracking of the Superfast Essex project shows that the project which had a 87% fibre based target by the summer of 2016 is within 0.2% of that target (the project itself is declaring 62,500 premises passed out of a target of 65,000). The fibre based goal means premises able to order FTTP or connected via a street cabinet with a VDSL2 twin, the real measure of what the project has delivered is the superfast coverage figures.

Essex in its phase 2 project, is delivering 4,500 premises of FTTP coverage by Gigaclear, which is being built right now and combined with the extension contract with BT should see the county reaching 95% superfast coverage.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage for Essex and its component constituencies
Figures 21st February 2016
Area % fibre based
FTTC, FTTP, Cable
% superfast
> 24 Mbps
% superfast
>= 30 Mbps
% ultrafast
>= 100 Mbps
% Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 10 Mbps USO
Essex County 86.8% 84.5% 83.9% 34.6% 0% 0.5% 5.4%
Constituencies
Basildon and Billericay 96.8% 95.7% 94.9% 50.3% 0% 0.3% 1.1%
Braintree 74.8% 70.6% 69.9% 0% 0% 0.7% 13.5%
Brentwood and Ongar 83.8% 80.2% 79.7% 9.4% 0% 1.1% 7.1%
Castle Point 99.2% 98% 96.8% 41.4% 0% 0% 0.3%
Chelmsford 97.8% 97.5% 97.4% 66.5% 0% 0% 1%
Clacton 93.1% 90.9% 90.5% 0% 0% 0.5% 1.5
Colchester 97.7% 97.4% 97.3% 80.3% 0% 0% 0.4%
Epping Forest 95.3% 93.4% 93.1% 72.3% 0% 0.8% 3.2%
Harlow 95% 94% 93.7% 85% 0.02% 0.1% 1.7%
Harwich and North Essex 64.7% 61.1% 60.4% 0.8% 0% 0.8% 17.8%
Maldon 77.1% 72.9% 71.9% 2.9% 0% 0.6% 9.4%
Rayleigh and Wickford 93.8% 92.5% 92.1% 19.4% 0% 0.2% 1.7%
Rochford and Southend East 98.1% 97.3% 97.2% 71.1% 0% 0.1% 0.6%
Saffron Walden 64.4% 59.9% 58.9% 15.8% 0% 1% 15.6%
South Basildon and East Thurrock 94.6% 93.3% 93.1% 65.2% 0% 0.2% 2.6%
Southend West 95.7% 95.5% 95.3% 36.8% 0% 0% 0.2%
Thurrock 96.8% 96.5% 96.4% 77% 0% 0% 1.8%
Witham 70.3% 65.6% 64.8% 8% 0% 0.6% 5.4%

One of the reasons it is thought that the Essex project had a lower target in phase 1 was that the council wanted more emphasis put on the coverage for business parks rather than residential, and the low density of business parks in terms of premises means you get less premises covered for every pound spent. Certainly when checking our data we came across numerous business parks with access to VDSL2 but there are also still exchanges in Essex with no superfast option at all, and even a few where every line is an exchange only one.

Hopefully the Essex phase 2 work will continue at a similar pace to areas like Maldon where in the last 11 months superfast (30 Mbps and faster) coverage has climbed from 51.9% superfast to 71.9%.

Comments

Posted by fastman 10 months ago
didn't think the gigaclear figure was anything like 4,500 premises of FTTP coverage by Gigaclear unless there have been some add ons
Posted by chilting 10 months ago
I think it is fair to say that Essex have failed to deliver when compared to similar counties.
The failure to upgrade all exchanges to FTTC is notable and not transferring EO lines is also bad.
Lets hope they quickly make amends in phase 2 - hopefully the funding is sufficient.
Posted by mbuckingham 10 months ago
@fastman

http://www.gigaclear.com/gigaclear-wins-superfast-essex-rural-challenge-contract-to-bring-faster-broadband-to-epping-forest/

The number given is 4500
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