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Broadband factsheet for Q3/2013 released

We have updated our broadband factsheet to include the latest nuggets of information from the UK broadband scene. In terms of the UK broadband landscape we are now including information on the speeds we are measuring across the various regions of the UK.

Broadband Factsheet Q3/2013

There are many who doubt that the UK will ever have decent broadband speeds and we have just updated our projection for the UK average broadband speed in 2015 to reflect changes in the amount of FTTP expected (less than previously expected) and have reduced our projection for Virgin Media launching a 200 Mbps to them only offering a 160 Mbps service in 2015. The side effect of this is that our projection has reduced, with an average speed of 30 Mbps (at peak times). The projection currently relies on the presumption that at some point in 2015 there will be 4.1 million subscribing to a FTTC based service, hitting that level of take-up is possible, particularly now that operators like Sky have started their Toy Story themed Fibretastic promotion of fibre services.


Surely this shows how misleading averages are? If we look at Rural Areas(villages, hamlets & open countryside), there is an average speed of 9.9Mbps with 80.1% having Std BB and 21.2% having Superfast BB.
Looking at rural Norfolk on the BB Map as an example, there are a lot of red dots(0-4Mbps) so the 9.9Mbps doesn't mean anything.
If half the speeds were 8Mbps and the other half were 12Mbps then the average of 10Mbps would sound meaningful.

  • zhango
  • over 7 years ago

It is all down to where people leave, we do not spread out evenly. So for the 860,000 pop. of Norfolk, the metro area of Norwich is around the 376,000 mark (city proper 140,000).

This is why in the deeper analysis we included range bars for the middle 50% of speeds. Or put another way the spread of the digital divide in the regions/postcodes.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

There is a problem with some assumptions that are made to create this 'information'. It seems to assume that all exchanges are already equipped for 21CN and hence can offer ADSL2+. This is not true in many rural areas, they are only able to offer ADSL Max at best as the 21CN equipment is not installed and in many cases there are no dates set for that to be delivered. So the average for rural areas will be very much slower than the 9.9 Mbps suggested.
According to Openreach, my local exchange, Hilmarton in Wiltshire, will not get 21CN equipment! And neither will its neighbour at Tytherton.

  • michaels_perry
  • over 7 years ago

Where does it say that?

It says there is a projection for ADSL2+ or USC alternative to be available in 2015 from all exchanges. Nothing about 21CN anywhere. Note that TalkTalk is aiming to have a 90% population coverage for their LLU, which would be larger than the BT wholesales WBC ADSL2+ coverage.

  • themanstan
  • over 7 years ago

Andrew, you have some apparent errors on the sheet showing "what you can do with" 0.02 on SD quality You Tube I think should say 0.2 same with the webcam.

  • jumpmum
  • over 7 years ago

TalkTalk is not aiming for 90%, it is already at 95% and still expanding.

An exchange does not need 21CN to offer FTTC either, the FTTC could be run from an exchange 20km away if they wanted to run the fibre that far.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

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