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Progress update on superfast broadband rollout for August 2016
Sunday 07 August 2016 10:14:23 by Andrew Ferguson

The summer campaign season is well and truly here especially in the Highlands and Islands which saw a large 1.9% jump in superfast coverage in the last month.

One or two of the regions jumped a position in the table, but London remains the king and now sits at 95% coverage, the result of the commercial roll-outs and privately funded cabinets going live, additionally a change in how we handle the various FTTH/FTTP/FTTB providers has helped boost numbers by around 0.25% this month. Whereas previously we included Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, B4RN and others in the ultrafast figures, they were excluded from the superfast, but now we are well into tracking what the phase II (extension projects) are offering and Gigaclear have some contracts in that phase we are adding the FTTH operators to the superfast figures.

As always those who cannot get a superfast service will not believe the figures, but it should be pointed out that the status for every postcode that makes up these overall figures is available on our broadband checker which as well as highlighting superfast availability will inform you about many of the wireless options and also see what the speeds of the various broadband technologies were in the last quarter in your area.

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 6th August 2016
(change since 6th July 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 96.2% 95% (+0.7) 94.8% 68.8% (+0.2) 1.49% 0.2% 1.2%
East Midlands 96.9% 94.5% (+0.2) 94.1% 57.2% (+0.1) 0% 0.5% 2.4%
South East 97.2% 94.4% (+0.2) 93.9% 49.4% (+0.2) 0.81% 0.5% 2.4%
North East 95.7% 94.2% (+0.3) 93.8% 51.4% (+0.2) 0.05% 0.3% 2%
West Midlands 95.9% 93.7% (+0.7) 93.2% 62.4% (+0.2) 0.11% 0.4% 2.7%
North West 96.3% 93.4% (+0.4) 92.9% 46.5% (+0.2) 0.6% 0.8% 3.3%
England 95% 92.2% (+0.5) 91.7% 53.4% (+0.1) 1.27% 0.6% 3.5%
United Kingdom 94.5% 91.3% (+0.5) 90.7% 50.6% (+0.1) 1.12% 0.8% 4.2%
East of England 93.2% 89.7% (+0.5) 89% 48.2% (+0.1) 0.37% 0.8% 4.9%
South West 93.9% 88.9% (+0.8) 88% 43.4% (+0.2) 2.72% 1.2% 5.6%
Wales 93.1% 88.7% (+0.6) 87.5% 29.9% (+0.4) 0.98% 1% 6.8%
Rest Of Scotland 91.7% 88.4% (+0.6) 87.8% 43.8% (+0.1) 0.01% 1.5% 6.1%
Yorkshire and Humber 90.3% 87.3% (+0.3) 86.6% 49.4% (=) 3.49% (includes KCom Lightstream) 0.7% 6%
Scotland 90.4% 86.4% (+0.8) 85.6% 39.9% (+0.1) 0.01% 1.3% 7.6%
Northern Ireland 97.1% 80.5% (+0.3) 78.8% 27.7% (+0.1) 0.16% 6.8% 13%
Highlands and Islands 77.6% 65.2% (+1.9) 63.1% 0.02% (=) 0.02% 5.9% 27.9%

While Openreach is criticised for its VDSL2 heavy roll-out it should be highlighted that Wales saw a 0.3% jump in the availability of FTTP in the last month and it looks like more is on the way as the phase 1 project ties up the loose ends (how close it will get to an earlier 4% target of 80,000 premises remains to be seen). An area of England often overlooked is Herefordshire which now has 7.11% coverage of native FTTP from Openreach all via the BDUK project. A quick word on the Yorkshire and Humber figures, particularly KCOM, while their roll-out is running well one downside is that we have revisited the area to verify availability and the downside has been that some postcodes that we thought had Lightstream available did not - a quirk of one of our early algorithms that has now been corrected.

With another 3.7% of superfast coverage needed to reach the 95% target after another fifteen of these progress reports this means a 0.25% monthly improvement across the UK needs to be maintained. This is possible but only if the pace does not slow down during the winter months.

For those who prefer to ignore statistics and want to look at the actual postcodes, we added a layer to our regularly updated coverage map allowing you to toggle on/off Openreach VDSL2/FTTP postcodes.


Posted by Blackmamba 9 months ago
Hi Broadband Watchers
The new upgrade is magic VDSL/FTTP on post codes and highlights the errors speeds on post which are showing low it also shows the future route for overhead fibre by the red sections Surrey (dots). My only observation is the Red section should be widen to 0--9.9 at a later date if possible.
Posted by WWWombat 9 months ago
I was going to complain about some of the postcodes shown as covered by FTTP by kcom, but this update fixes it.

How many were wrongly showing covered?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 9 months ago
Don't recall exact figure, as too busy double checking to keep tally.
Posted by ValueforMoney 9 months ago
Herefordshire at 7.1% FTTP is good to see.
Cornwall claims 85,000 FTTP passed, this looks under represented in the stats!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 9 months ago
Cornwall is at 30% FTTP so not under represented at all, just that the South West region covers a lot more than just Cornwall.
Posted by Stillatsea 9 months ago
What is the difference etween "Scotland" and "Rest of Scotland"?
Posted by Blackmamba 9 months ago
Hi Broadband Watchers.
I think TBB has labelled Openreach as the Magnificent Seven ( good,bad and the ugly) even all MP will understand the new formate Green, Yellow,Red. On the Post Codes thus getting rid of average speeds which complicates the issue I would think CEO of Openreach is smiling.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 9 months ago
@Stillatsea The three ways of viewing Scotland are

1. Scotland the country
2. HIE - Highlands and Islands
3. Rest of Scotland, i.e. the bits not part of HIE

2 plus 3 = 1

Done like this as two BDUK projects running in Scotland handling the big difference in landscape involved.
Posted by jumpmum 9 months ago

There are still some FTTP oddities. Example Just south of Llancarfan in Cardiff West is an FTTP Dot that is Yellow in the VDSL2/FTTP layer. Another is on Cardiff Airport. One at Moulton is Red (on the same screen) and shows a speedtest at 69Mb.
Posted by jumpmum 9 months ago
Same issue around Culverhouse Cross.
Also a whole load of FTTP shows around Dolgellau but they are not in the VDSL2/FTTP layer. I assume these are timing differences between data sets
Posted by Blackmamba 9 months ago
Hi Broadband Watchers.
If you check on TBB maps and use two option tags where fibre to the home you may find the two colours overlap and display Brown I feel this is incorrect I have mentioned this to Andrews staff and I think he is dealing.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 9 months ago
@blackmamba Along with many other things, remember people that even in a see of green dots there can be the odd red one due to EO.

Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 9 months ago
@jumpmum Yes layers are not always in sync, postcode lookup is always newest, then % figures, then the many different layers get dealt with.
Posted by Blackmamba 9 months ago
Hi Andrews Staff.
I take your point but if it is showing RED I check on post code via BT fibre checker this gives all the addresses allercated to that area plus its status and speeds and odd times on ZEN ISP results.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 9 months ago
@blackmamba So if you've checked the postcode lookup on BT and on our (rather than just the map) and its wrong report it. Emailing screenshots of a map means it takes longer than it should to fix just one postcode.
Posted by PhilipVirgo 8 months ago
I note that rural councils are increasingly switching from post code to hereditament for their broadband planning and contracting. Has anyone looked at the difference this will make to arguments about performance. Also I am told that speeds can go down, not up, after upgrades to FTTC where there is a lot of aluminum in the lines.
Posted by WWWombat 8 months ago
I don't see property-based planning making any difference to performance. BT really models against their infrastructure (cabinets and DPs) not postcodes.

It'll make a bigger difference to inclusion.

Not sure about your question on aluminium. Certainly, FTTC speeds are still higher close to the cabinet, but with aluminium lines, the degredation happens faster over distance.
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