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February 2017 update on UK superfast and ultrafast broadband coverage levels
Tuesday 07 February 2017 11:02:53 by Andrew Ferguson

It seems a combination of the impact of the Christmas holidays and our annual updates to ensure that we are update to date on the number of premises due to things like new build premises has meant that some people may be confused as to how coverage appears to have gone down in some regions of the UK. So while new FTTP, VDSL2 and cable has appeared in the last month in some cases it has been overtaken by us adding thousands of new build premises. This dip is one reason why you see the various BDUK projects reporting the number of premises they believe are covered by the projects.

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 February 2017
(change since 7th December 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 96.6% 95.4% (=) 95.2% 69.1% (=) 1.84% 0.1% 1%
North East 96.6% 95.3% (+0.1) 94.9% 51.6% (-0.1) 0.06% 0.2% 1.7%
South East 97.6% 95.1% (-0.1) 94.6% 50.8% (-0.1) 1.17% 0.4% 1.9%
East Midlands 97.5% 95.2% (+0.1) 94.7% 57.5% (-0.1) 0.1% 0.5% 2.1%
West Midlands 96.9% 94.7% (+0.2) 94.2% 62.8% (-0.1) 0.25% 0.4% 2.2%
North West 97% 94.2% (+0.1) 93.7% 47% (=) 0.89% 0.8% 2.9%
England 95.8% 93.1% (=) 92.6% 54.1% (-0.1) 1.59% 0.6% 2.9%
United Kingdom 95.5% 92.4% (+0.1) 91.8% 51.3% (-0.1) 1.43% 0.8% 3.5%
East of England 94.5% 91.1% (+0.1) 90.5% 50.5% (-0.1) 0.51% 0.7% 4%
Rest Of Scotland 93.6% 90.6% (+0.4) 90% 44.6% (=) 0.09% 1.5% 4.8%
Wales 94.2% 90.2% (+0.4) 89.1% 30.6% (+0.1) 1.64% 0.9% 5.7%
South West 94.6% 89.5% (-0.3) 88.6% 43.4% (-0.5) 3.11% 1.1% 5%
Yorkshire and Humber 92% 89.4% (+0.3) 89% 50.6% (+0.1) 4.27% (includes KCom Lightstream) 0.7% 4.9%
Scotland 92.6% 88.7% (+0.4) 88% 40.6% (=) 0.08% 1.3% 6.1%
Northern Ireland 97.5% 81.4% (+0.3) 79.7% 28.3% (+0.2) 0.28% 6.4% 12.2%
Highlands and Islands (HIE) 82.9% 69.5% (+0.4) 67.3% 0.07% (+0.01) 0.07% 6.4% 23.5%

Areas such as Devon and Somerset and Wales have been focussed on closely due to the publicity around project targets and new contracts and it appears in the South West new build was more likely to not have access to a superfast service hence the drop, while in Wales the continuing roll-out outpaced any impact from new build premises and better accounting of business premises.

We reported on the shortfall for the CDS contract standing at 12,500 premises on 23rd January 2017, and subsequent roll-out of FTTP and more VDSL2 cabinets has now brought this down into the 4000 to 5000 premises region.

Comments

Posted by cymru123 about 1 month ago
I know we and other around us have been affected by the wayleave process that have caused deployment delays - http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2017/01/bt-fibre-broadband-upgrades-40000-premises-wales-delayed.html
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 month ago
An important part of that was to note that it is NOT just wayleaves that are the reason.

A lot of that 40,000 is FTTP too where work takes place over a longer distance too and more hours of labour involved.

The need for a road closure or traffic lights to access pole or chamber can delay things and may be partly why some FTTP areas are only partially built too.
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