Cumbria signs with BT for phase 2 broadband extension
The phase 1 Connecting Cumbria contract is progressing well, of course if you have not benefited yet then it may be considered a disaster and to extend coverage further the phase 2 contract has now been signed with BT. The phase 2 contract is intended to help push coverage to the national 95% superfast target in 2017, and for Cumbria this means adding another 2% of coverage which equates nicely to the 5,000 premises it is believed the extension contract is aiming for.
|thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast Broadband Coverage in
Cumbria and its constituencies - updated 1st July
|Area||% fibre based||% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
|% cable||% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 5 Mbps (new USO)||% Under 15 Mbps|
|Cumbria County||75.7%||71.3%||0%||0% (*)||0.9%||13.4%||23.2%|
|Barrow and Furness||92.4%||87.8%||0%||0%||0.6%||5.3%||10%|
|Penrith and The Border||51.2%||45.2%||0%||0%||1.7%||31.8%||48.4%|
|Westmorland and Lonsdale||71.2%||64.2%||0%||0%||0.7%||13.5%||26.7%|
(*) The FTTP coverage from Workington vanishes when displaying to 1 decimal place, but hopefully in time as more is added it will start to appear in overall figure.
While it is easy to criticise the roll-outs and the ambition as being too low, it should be highlighted that Cumbria has seen fibre based coverage rise from 57.9% to the current 75.7% in nine months which shows that while there is still a long way to go to hit a 93% superfast target they are getting there at a decent pace.
The 93% superfast goal is measured as lines capable of 24 Mbps and faster and we have worked out that the difference between our standard 30 Mbps and 24 Mbps is just an extra 0.7% coverage on top of the current 71.3% figure.
Once the official release appears on the signing of the phase 2 contract we will hopefully know the size of the local authority spending and how much BT is committing to the area.