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|
|February 2014||370,000||n/a Was an interim update||n/a|
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.