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Phase 2 contract signed by BT and West Yorkshire project

Superfast West Yorkshire has been joined by York for its phase 2 roll-out, and a £13m contract has been signed with BT, using £6.89m of funding from Westminster and a further £6.1m from BT.

It is not totally clear whether the 28,000 homes and businesses mentioned is referring to fibre based or superfast. The Phase 1 project had a goal of 97% fibre based, which should mean around 90% superfast. While one would always hope that the projects and ministers get their terminology correct caution should always be urged until cold hard information is available.

"Our rollout of superfast broadband in West Yorkshire has already reached more than 60,000 homes and businesses.

This new deal means another 28,000 premises will also be able to access superfast speeds and will provide an additional boost to the local economy.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey

The progress towards phase 1 is such that our figures indicate fibre based coverage is sitting at 94.3%, and this aligns with the public statements by West Yorkshire, that a further 20,000 premises are yet to be covered by phase 1 (equates to 2.6% taking project to 97% fibre based coverage).

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast and Cable Broadband Coverage in West Yorkshire district council areas - 28th June 2015
Area % fibre based % superfast (>30 Mbps) % cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 10 Mbps (new USO) % Under 15 Mbps
Bradford District 96.3% 94.1% 77% 0% 0.2% 1.3% 3.1%
Calderdale District 90.5% 85.1% 41.6% 0% 0.5% 3.8% 7.6%
Leeds District 96.2% 93.6% 66.4% 0% 0.4% 2.3% 3.9%
Wakefield District 97.2% 92% 34.7% 0% 0.4% 3% 5%
Kirklees District
Not in phase 1, but now part of phase 2
86.7% 84.4% 55.3% 0% 0.3% 6.3% 9.3%
Not in phase 1, but now part of phase 2
92.1% 86.8% 40.6% 8.1% 0.6% 1.7% 6.3%

Correction 20th November A mistake was spotted in the way that coverage was calculated which meant that some district councils had premises missing or over allocated. We have taken the data from June 2015 and recalculated and corrected the data table above where it was a district council, unitary, county, constituency and metropolitan authorities were not affected.

For the four councils comprising phase 1, the overall superfast figure is 90.5%, so the project appears to have delivered on the basic Government target of 90% superfast, so the additional premises still to be delivered as part of phase 1 will be the icing on the cake.

How the intervention areas are carved up for the phase 2 project will be interesting, as with Virgin Media now actively expanding and the activity of CityFibre in York may cause some overlaps. At this time it looks like Calderdale and Kirklees will need to be two areas to get the bulk of the phase 2 roll-out but only time will tell and while preliminary plans and maps may appear for the project shortly these are always subject to change, and after the fall-out over changing plans in various phase 1 projects councils may elect to take a less risky route and not release plans at all until the build work has started.


The figures for Kirklees compared with Wakefield probably show the effect of not bothering to take part in any phase 1 project.

The funding puzzles me though. It looks like no local match funding is being committed as part of this announcement.

The YP article says merely that "Additional investment will also be made by WYCA and local authority partners to support the delivery and resource for the day-to-day running of the project."

I read that to mean they're only covering the LA's project management costs.

  • WWWombat
  • over 3 years ago

So for £13M to 28k premises, that's around £465 per premise to enable the service. Assume a £20 per line rental (I know its not that but it can be what is charged for FTTC retail) then that's around 2 years payback, so for the non retail costs its around 5 years pay back for the funding. hmmmm

  • iand
  • over 3 years ago

Openreach don't get anything like £20 a month from fttc it is £6 to £9

Plus covers other things too, so is not a simple write down against cabinet costs

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 3 years ago

Mr Saffron gives better monthly numbers, but then you need to factor that you don't get 100% take up on day one.

FTTC deployment has been going on for 5 years, and take-up has reached close to 20%.

That would change your 5 years to more like 25 years

  • WWWombat
  • over 3 years ago

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