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Progress report on Superfast Broadband rollouts for July 2016
Thursday 07 July 2016 11:14:07 by Andrew Ferguson

The number of cabinets being delivered providing VDSL2 every month has slowed down to a trickle in some areas but the national picture is that Openreach are delivering lots of cabinets each week and is reflected in the increasing coverage figures, additionally while native FTTP is still a small proportion of coverage we continue to find new clusters that are live and particularly in Wales indications that a good many more are being built.

The next set of figures we publish in August will have the contribution from providers such as IFNL, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear and other FTTH operators taken into account and this may make a 0.3% to 0.5% contribution to the overall superfast figures for the UK. The Project Lightning roll-out is also evident in that the ultrafast figures are climbing too.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, its nations and regions for premises
In descending order of superfast coverage - figures 7th July 2016
(change since 6th June 2016)
Area % fibre based % superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
% Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under proposed 10 Mbps USO
London 95.6% 94.3% (+0.1) 94% 68.6% (+0.4) 1.48% 0.2% 1.4%
South East 97% 94.2% (+0.1) 93.6% 49.2% (+0.1) 0.79% 0.5% 2.5%
East Midlands 96.7% 94.3% (+0.1) 93.8% 57.1% (+0.1) 0% 0.5% 2.6%
North East 95.6% 93.9% (+0.1) 93.6% 51.2% (=) 0.05% 0.3% 2.1%
North West 95.9% 93% (+0.1) 92.5% 46.3% (+0.2) 0.57% 0.8% 3.5%
West Midlands 95.3% 93% (+0.1) 92.5% 62.2% (+0.2) 0.1% 0.5% 3%
England 94.5% 91.7% (+0.2) 91.1% 53.3% (+0.3) 1.26% 0.6% 3.7%
United Kingdom 94% 90.8% (+0.2) 90.1% 50.5% (+0.3) 1.10% 0.8% 4.4%
East of England 92.7% 89.2% (+0.1) 88.6% 48.1% (+0.1) 0.36% 0.8% 5.1%
South West 93.1% 88.1% (+0.2) 87.2% 43.2% (=) 2.66% 1.2% 6.1%
Wales 92.5% 88.1% (+0.3) 87% 29.5% (+0.1) 0.68% 0.9% 7.2%
Rest Of Scotland 91% 87.8% (+0.4) 87.1% 43.7% 0.01% 1.5% 6.4%
Yorkshire and Humber 90% 87% (+0.5) 86.3% 49.4% (+0.3) 3.61% (includes KCom Lightstream) 0.7% 6.1%
Scotland 89.6% 85.6% (+0.4) 84.8% 39.8% (+0.1) 0.01% 1.3% 7.9%
Northern Ireland 96.8% 80.2% (+0.2) 78.5% 27.6% (=) 0.16% 6.8% 13.2%
Highlands and Islands 75.1% 63.3% (+0.7) 61.3% 0.02% 0.02% 5.7% 29.8%

The one controversy of the month was the news that the SuperfastCymru project was to have delivered 'superfast broadband' to 655,000 premises by the end of June, and this was announced in June with the project declaring a figure of 581,000 premises at the time, i.e. a big jump in a period of two to three weeks. Some coverage of the announcement made the assumption that this meant 96% of Wales had access to superfast broadband which is not the case.

There has been confusion from politicians, the press and public over what the targets actually were and the 96% figure was always a fibre based figure, i.e. option of VDSL2/FTTP or cable no matter what the speed and our early projections suggested that 96% fibre based would deliver 90% superfast in Wales. This projection is holding up pretty well too, as the roll-outs get closer to the targets. Looking at our figures published today, while we sometimes lag behind we simply believe it is impossible that the 96% figure has been reached, we report a figure of 92.5% today, with 88.1% superfast and while our data generally carries a +/- 1% tolerance we have done some spot checks and there is no sign of the missing 45,000 or so premises. A revealing part of the SuperfastCymru project news was that they while they think the phase 1 is complete they are still in the verification phase and the two to three months they believe it will take to verify the Openreach data will probably see coverage grow sufficiently to get close to the original targets. Wales has previously stated a target of around 4% (80,000 premises) for native FTTP coverage and given the number of half built FTTP areas (i.e. some premises live and others in the build phase) and other areas where checkers indicate FTTP is on the way this still looks possible. Another factor is that the original 655,000 number may have delivered 96% fibre based broadband coverage back in 2012 but there has been growth in the number of properties since then with new builds and the expansion of business parks.

Comments

Posted by alexdow 5 months ago
Andrew

Could we have logical groupings for the Rows/Lines.

Look at the three, separated rows for Scotland - they would read more easily if-

Highlands
and
Islands

Rest Of
Scotland

Scotland

Similar applies to other areas with associations, eg-

East
Midlands

West
Midlands


etc.
Posted by WWWombat 5 months ago
I thought it was ordered by the 24Mbps column, rather than trying to make regional associations
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