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October update on UK superfast and ultrafast broadband coverage
Friday 07 October 2016 11:00:06 by Andrew Ferguson

The nights are starting to draw in but the superfast broadband roll-out continues and we have our latest monthly summary to present. As with anything there are numerous ways of looking at it, so 91.6% with access to a superfast broadband connection of faster than 24 Mbps sounds positive, or if you prefer you can say 8.4% consigned to slow first generation broadband, or you could say 2.4 million premises don't have access to decent broadband. The choice is yours, we are simply trying to put data out there that is as up to date as possible and particularly with public money involved in many of the roll-outs to see if at least something is being delivered other than fancy biscuits at planning meetings.

While the targets are generally at the national or county level, looking at the parliamentary constituencies can give a better view of the state of play and the bottom 30 constituencies in terms of superfast coverage is shown below and while its not good for those areas to feature at the bottom of the table if you compare to a similar line up in from April 2015 you can see that things are changing.

The Kingston Upon Hull area is under the auspices of KCom and is a commercial roll-out of FTTH/FTTP and is planned to reach 75% coverage in the next year or two.

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 October 2016
(change since 7th September 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% 95.1% (+0.1) 94.9% 68.5% (+0.4) 1.52% 0.1% 1.1%
East Midlands 97% 94.7% (+0.1) 94.2% 57.4% (+0.2) 0% 0.5% 2.3%
South East 97.3% 94.7% (+0.1) 94.1% 49.6% (+0.2) 0.85% 0.4% 2.2%
North East 95.9% 94.5% (+0.2) 94.1% 51.5% (+0.1) 0.05% 0.3% 1.9%
West Midlands 96.2% 94% (+0.2) 93.5% 62.6% (+0.2) 0.12% 0.4% 2.5%
North West 96.4% 93.6% (+0.1) 93.1% 46.6% (+0.1) 0.6% 0.8% 3.2%
England 95.2% 92.5% (+0.2) 91.9% 53.7% (+0.2) 1.30% 0.6% 3.3%
United Kingdom 94.7% 91.6% (+0.2) 91.0% 50.9% (+0.3) 1.15% 0.8% 4.0%
East of England 93.7% 90.4% (+0.2) 89.7% 50.3% (+0.2) 0.37% 0.7% 4.5%
South West 94.1% 89.2% (+0.2) 88.3% 43.5% (+0.1) 2.74% 1.1% 5.4%
Wales 93.6% 89.2% (+0.2) 88.0% 30.1% (+0.1) 1.14% 0.9% 6.5%
Rest Of Scotland 92% 88.9% (+0.3) 88.2% 44.3% (+0.5) 0.01% 1.5% 5.7%
Yorkshire and Humber 90.5% 87.7% (+0.3) 87.1% 49.8% (+0.4) 3.61% (includes KCom Lightstream) 0.7% 5.8%
Scotland 90.8% 86.9% (+0.3) 86.1% 40.3% (+0.4) 0.01% 1.3% 7.1%
Northern Ireland 97.2% 80.7% (+0.1) 78.9% 27.9% (+0.2) 0.19% 6.7% 12.9%
Highlands and Islands 79.4% 66.8% (+0.9) 64.8% 0.02% (=) 0.02% 5.9% 26.3%

The roll-outs if they continue at the pace of 0.2% per month will fall just shy of the 95% mark, but past experience has shown that there are bursts of activity every few months. Also the race to 95% is not just a case of beating up BT Group/Openreach (though they are the largest recipient of public money), Gigaclear has its roll to play and the commercial roll-out from Virgin Media is having an impact in urban areas and a number of smaller towns.

Our coverage and speed maps have been updated to match the coverage data for this article with regards to Openreach services, and smaller layers such as the various FTTP providers will generally see several updates each month.

Comments

Posted by TheEulerID 2 months ago
The KCOM position is interesting. The area they cover isn't hugely challenging, yet it has three out of the four worst constituency coverages and will cover 75% when the rest of the country will be at 95%. It also faces fewer regulatory and competition hurdles than the rest of the country. Perhaps a reflection of the decision to go for full FTTH/FTTP which is slower to roll out albeit should, in principle have long term benefits.
Posted by WWWombat 2 months ago
@euler
Actually, KCOM can take partial credit for two more constituencies in the list too: The Haltemprice and Beverley constituencies both border the city, and are partly covered (maybe more than half-covered) by KCOM's licence too.

Even though their total coverage rates are improved through BT's coverage in the other half, the East Yorkshire BDUK project was one of the last to get going.
Posted by WWWombat 2 months ago
It is very noticeable that KCOM is favouring the west of Hull too - the richer half of the city. Even the trial by MS3 focuses over there. The poorer east side is now the worst bit of the city, and country.
Posted by gsmlnx 2 months ago
And KCOM has more reasons to be worried http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/07/ofcom_finds_reasonable_grounds_that_kcom_failed_to_maintain_999_services/
Posted by dandodex 2 months ago
Always interesting to see expensive to cover rural areas like the centre London at the back of the queue (City of Westminster and City of London)
Posted by plc143 about 1 month ago
1.1% in london been waiting for near 6 yrs for a EO line solution money grabing bar stewards.this site is so depressing.
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