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BDUK releases next progress report on superfast coverage

For those tracking the money and trying to ensure the Government is not wasting the BDUK cash tracking progress of the roll-out is important and the BDUK has issued its latest set of figures.

Cumulative to end of: Premises with superfast broadband service made available BDUK funding (£) Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure
December 2012 254 £434,735 584
March 2013 16,638 £6,767,185 2,459
June 2013 38,343 £6,767,185 5,666
September 2013 111,968 £10,347,568 10,821
December 2013 273,731 £14,182,547 19,301
February 2014 370,000 n/a Was an interim update n/a
March 2014 508,801 £58,586,408 8,685

The level of BDUK funding means that the gap funding is £115 per premise passed. For avoidance of doubt, passed in this case means premises connected to a telephone cabinet that has a fibre cabinet linked to it and where the estimated service speed for a property is superfast (we presume the figure of 24 Mbps is used).

The effect of the roll-out and increasing take-up in the commercial areas is being seen in the regional speeds we track through our speed test and hopefully as the 44 projects in the delivery phase move onto more rural exchanges rather than the infill many started with we might even see the effect of rural users desperate for the extra speed buying into the better speeds even if there is a price premium.

A good number of the 44 regional projects do appear to be planning some FTTP, i.e. it is not just the contentious Dolphinholme area in Lancashire (and yes other parts of Lancashire look set to get FTTP too). Careful use of FTTP will often be the key to projects meeting their various target, along with the use of FTTC or FTTP for some Exchange Only lines.


Sorry to do this, Andrew, but it must be clarified:
"For avoidance of doubt, passed in this case means premises connected to a fibre cabinet.."

Does 'connected' mean an individual consumer connected via a tie-line from the PCP to the FC?

"where the estimated service speed is superfast (we presume the figure of 24 Mbps is used)."

Does this mean that the sync speed at the individual's premises will be 24mb+?

  • mikejp
  • over 6 years ago

Wording clarified, and one presumes it is connection speed of 24 Mbps or faster. Not sure what other speed they would consider.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

Thanks for the clarification.
"Not sure what other speed they would consider. " - trusting soul?

  • mikejp
  • over 6 years ago

The statistics. One can make them say anything, and 'homes passed' means just that. Passed by, forgotten. They are now connected to an enabled exchange or a 'fibre cabinet' so that's their lot for another decade, despite many being no better off than they were before. This is all a superfarce.

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 6 years ago


so a village that used to get 1 mega that not gets in excess of 24 due to BDUK is forgotted (Home Passed under BDUK is a specific measurement as per andew comment)

  • fastman
  • over 6 years ago

This excludes local councils so the £115 is £200+ and £58m is £116m and if we divide by 200 premises we get £49,000 working average.

Great engineering progress but please improve the following.

Typical average BT opernreach and NI rural subsidy - £15k
+ UK cost premium £2k
+ USC premium £10k
+ Take up risk premium £10k
+ PM/Core Future Prof £10k

Gets to £47k average, consistent with North Yorks and NAO report.

@Andrew - how much FTTP are you anticipating?

  • ValueforMoney
  • over 6 years ago

It does seem to be getting more rural now.
My local Village is being done under BTs commercial rollout. Current speeds 0.5 - 1.5Mbps. Once the cab is in the entire village will be 60-80Mbps!!
Two other villages in the middle of nowhere connected to the Ipplepen Exchange (near Newton Abbot)are about to get their (in village) Cabs done under BDUK. Again current speeds are about 2mbps but are about to be 50Mbps or higher for almost everyone. Amazing!

  • ahockings
  • over 6 years ago

@vfm So far it is more than I expected, but takes a long time to figure it out to produce an answer with very little actual value

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

@ahockings Yes we should be aware there will be some great success like that if the geography of the villages, the location of the exchange and route the phone lines take.

  • godsell4
  • over 6 years ago

yes it will be good for compact villlages with existing cabs but not so good for scattered ones or one like a lot in Suffolk which are basically a long strip down one road - in one case 4 miles long

  • gerarda
  • over 6 years ago

@andrew I am see business parks with duct, in 3 separate LA projects, being offered a subsidised cabinet and budget subsidy is the £40k mark + FOD at £100 pm per cabinet. Some parks need two subsidies cabinets. This is not best in Europe by any measure. Some suggest this is fine but at this subsidy level it acts as a barrier to FTTP uptake.

  • ValueforMoney
  • over 6 years ago

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