The clocks have gone back and the countdown to Christmas is in full flow, which means its the time for all the Q3 2016 updates and one of these is the official premises passed figures from the BDUK team at DCMS.
|Cumulative to end of:||Premises with superfast broadband service made available||BDUK funding (£)||Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure|
As usual the premises count only includes those premises where superfast broadband at speeds of over 24 Mbps is available (and excludes any that could get an alternative e.g. Virgin Media). We know that many complain that many cabinets run out of capacity and people have to wait to order due to service popularity in some areas and we have looked at this a couple of times in 2016 and the number of premises affected range from 1.5% to 2% at any one time.
The financial totals only include money released by Westminster, the money added by local councils and the devolved administrations (Scotland and Wales) is not accounted for, and similar with money from the European Development Fund. Release of that information would be down to each individual project.
The 4.1 million premises represents 14% of the premises in the UK and to help people visualise what degree of change this has contributed to, we have included several maps showing the levels of change since December 2012 when the first BDUK cabinet went live in North Yorkshire. The levels of change are not purely down to the BDUK phase 1 and phase 2 projects as there have been improvements in commercial coverage too, but the maps show that while for those in the 8% of the UK without a fixed line superfast option nothing has changed for millions of others the picture has improved. (We are aware the maps show just Great Britain - our next bit of work on maps is to show the change per constituency which will then include Northern Ireland).