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BT Wholesale with take-up statistics

Following on from the recent Point-Topic data, BT Wholesale has published some data for larger areas showing the levels of ADSL take-up. Interestingly it shows the highest take-up levels are in some of the more rural areas.

Region % of households
Aberdeenshire 50.9%
Shetland 50.7%
Stirling 48.4%
Aberdeen 48.3%
Moray 47.9%
Monmouthshire 47.5%
Oxfordshire 46.8%
Scilly Isles =46.4%
Flintshire =46.4%
Highland 45.8%

These figures represent take-up for ADSL services, so exclude any households able to get Virgin Media Cable services, though there are unlikely to be that many across an area like Aberdeenshire. BT Wholesale has around 855,000 wholesale broadband connections in Scotland, with 10.9 million spread across the remainder of the UK. The figure of 855,000 connections should be viewed in the context that Scotland has around 2,270,000 households with over 5 million inhabitants.

While the take-up levels look a lot lower than recent Point-Topic data, the BT Wholesale figures cover much larger areas, and thus will include some areas where take-up is poor, either due to people not wanting it or an inability to get a service they are happy with. The data does gives no idea of the speeds of service people are achieving, but even if a basic 0.5Mbps is what many have, this is considerably better than a 56K modem service which probably connected at a maximum of 0.041Mbps for many people.


"While the take-up levels look a lot lower than recent Point-Topic data" presumably because the BTw numbers are actually *data* whereas Point Topic's numbers are wild extrapolations.

  • herdwick
  • over 13 years ago

The increase in take up in Aberdeen is probably
due to the fact that broadband has only been available to about 700 residents since January

  • johnfhoad
  • over 13 years ago

Aberdeenshire actually has around 100,000 households, so not sure where the 700 fits in?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 13 years ago

Andrew :- You refer to AberdeenSHIRE (the County), whereas JohnFHoad refers to "Limited Sections" of Aberdeen CITY (which has had a few exchange problems in SOME areas).

  • Gold_Shogun
  • over 13 years ago

quote "While the take-up levels look a lot lower than recent Point-Topic data"
Or in English they are more accurate than Point-Topics wishful thinking.

  • over 13 years ago

Andrew,perhaps I should have made myself clearer
I live in an area of Aberdeen called Kingswells
where about 700 households had no access to broadband until January this year due to fibre optic technology,thanks to Openreach we are now
getting BB via street cabinets we get our BB from these cabinets rather than direct from exhcange. Hope this helps to understand my comments.

  • johnfhoad
  • over 13 years ago

Fibre to the curb... Interesting! Sounds like you're getting a bit of 21CN technology before everybody else. ;)

  • ChristopherWoods
  • over 13 years ago

We had that fiber problem in the far west of westhill too John. Even once our exchange was enabled it was a few years before they did anything. Recently we got some copper overlay to solve our problem as far as i'm aware :)

Westhill = Aberdeenshire :) Same exchange as kingswells though?

  • lierobs
  • over 13 years ago

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