After its Open Market Review that identified some 15,000 premises not able to get superfast broadband in the county of Surrey the council has finally announced what will happen with the gainshare re-investment, and this is that some 6,000 premises that are currently not able to get superfast broadband (faster than 24 Mbps) will see work to improve their service options available.
Our tracking of the coverage in Surrey has the county with 96.54% coverage at the faster than 24 Mbps level, reducing to 96.30% if you use a 30 Mbps qualifier. There is actually 98.8% who are passed by a VDSL2/cable/FTTP service, but the distance drop off for VDSL2 results in the drops to 96.54%.
So what difference will 6,000 premises make to the total? We suspect it will bring superfast coverage up to around 97.5% and fingers crossed there will be more gainshare in the future to boost coverage even more.
There is no detail on what technologies will be used, but the extension work is with BT and given the 3.81% of FTTP already deployed and a greater emphasis on pure fibre within Openreach these days fingers cross a lot of the 6,000 will be fibre to the premises.
We have not gone through the released postcode list with a fine tooth comb yet, but given the data we have on coverage we not finding it difficult to identity postcodes like KT18 6DH which are in the 9,000 premises missing out.
The work on the 6,000 is set to start in January 2018 with a second phase in the first three months of 2019 and the council has emphasised that being on its list carries no guarantees as the planning stages may mean that the plans change.
Once our work to hoover up all the new build premises from 2016 has completed we will look at integrating the Surrey postcode list into our own checker.