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September update on UK superfast broadband coverage levels
Wednesday 07 September 2016 15:50:17 by Andrew Ferguson

Looking at the figures one could arrive at the conclusion that the superfast broadband roll-outs took a holiday during August, and while to some extent that may be true in terms of the number of cabinets we have been seeing go live things have not slowed down to the extent the figures suggest. The FTTP coverage figures are climbing and the extra hours of work involved in bringing FTTP/FTTH to an area may be part of the reason for the slowdown.

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 September 2016
(change since 7th August 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 96.1% 95% (=) 94.8% 68.1% (-0.7) 1.52% 0.1% 1.2%
East Midlands 97% 94.6% (+0.1) 94.2% 57.2% (=) 0% 0.5% 2.3%
South East 97.2% 94.6% (+0.2) 94% 49.4% (=) 0.85% 0.4% 2.3%
North East 95.7% 94.3% (+0.1) 94% 51.4% (+0.2) 0.05% 0.3% 1.9%
West Midlands 96% 93.8% (+0.1) 93.3% 62.4% (=) 0.12% 0.4% 2.6%
North West 96.3% 93.5% (+0.1) 92.9% 46.5% (=) 0.6% 0.8% 3.3%
England 95% 92.3% (+0.1) 91.8% 53.5% (+0.1) 1.28% 0.6% 3.4%
United Kingdom 94.6% 91.4% (+0.1) 90.8% 50.6% (=) 1.13% 0.8% 4.1%
East of England 93.5% 90.2% (+0.5) 89.5% 50.1% (+1.9) 0.36% 0.7% 4.6%
South West 94% 89% (+0.1) 88.1% 43.4% (+0.2) 2.73% 1.1% 5.4%
Wales 93.3% 89% (+0.3) 87.8% 30% (+0.1) 1.1% 0.9% 6.6%
Rest Of Scotland 91.8% 88.6% (+0.2) 87.9% 43.8% (=) 0.01% 1.5% 5.8%
Yorkshire and Humber 90.3% 87.4% (+0.1) 86.8% 49.4% (=) 3.49% (includes KCom Lightstream) 0.7% 6%
Scotland 90.6% 86.6% (+0.2) 85.9% 39.9% (=) 0.01% 1.3% 7.2%
Northern Ireland 97.2% 80.6% (+0.1) 78.9% 27.7% (=) 0.17% 6.7% 12.9%
Highlands and Islands 78% 65.7% (+0.5) 63.7% 0.02% (=) 0.02% 5.8% 27%

We should highlight that the -0.7% ultrafast coverage in the London area is down to our periodic reviews of the data, and that we have usually concentrated on the regions outside the capital so this was the first review of the levels of Virgin Media cable coverage in the capital for a long time. A further factor for the fairly flat performance in August was the six monthly integration of new premise postcodes, some lucky new builds have been found with Openreach FTTP and others connected to existing cabinets, but it takes time to find the evidence showing what is exactly available for new builds.

In some regions the level of fibre based coverage (VDSL2/cable/FTTH) has remained the same to 1 decimal place, but the superfast coverage levels have increased and this is because we are seeing an increasing number of infill cabinets, i.e. an area where VDSL2 at slow speeds was already available but a second cabinet closer to the long lines is added boosting more properties into the superfast region (in some parts of the UK FTTP is deployed to the longest lines on a cabinet, the variation being down to the budget constraints of each project).

Comments

Posted by Blackmamba 3 months ago
Hi Broadband Watchers.
As each day passes from the results above it looks like Openreach group is providing the services so it is up to the general public and MPs to be involved and also to support TBB results in every way. Report if you think it is incorrect because I will.
Posted by Blackmamba 3 months ago
Hi Broadband Watchers and Andrews Staff.
Chase the London results to two decimal points on results and start to put the pressure on Openreach CEO as the results are pushed out to the long lines this will give the impression that results are in proving in the right direction.
Posted by jonny4288 3 months ago
August is generally a high period of.annual leave in business which could explain some slowdown
Posted by CarlThomas 3 months ago
I'll pass on supporting the TBB results in any way. The data speaks for itself. Andrew is pretty well practiced with it now :)

I can't get enthused by VDSL, sadly.
Posted by maxnrg 3 months ago
So assuming 3.5 million dwellings in London, I'm one of the 42,000 (1.2%) households in London that don't get the proposed USO 10 Mb/s connection at the moment. Pretty rubbish...
Posted by billdornan 2 months ago
Once again only the financially viable areas getting anything.What about those of us who live in areas with old aluminium lines and struggle for 2 or 3 meg.Evening time most of that disappears. What about a new slogan "Faster Broadband for all" The Northern Ireland figures in particular do not show an accurate picture. Yes mathamatically they might be correct but they do show the fact that the greater majority of people with faster/superfast all live in the main towns and cities which geographically amounts to less that 40% of the population.

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