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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 2015
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%
Carlisle 92.4% 89.3% 0% 0% 1.2% 4.1% 8.1%
Copeland 69.3% 66.8% 0% 0% 0.6% 13.3% 26.4%
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%
Workington 74.5% 71.2% 0% 0.1% 0.8% 14.4% 22.4%

(*) 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.


Still bad priorities until my cottage on the high fells has a free gigabit connection. Then the rest of them can go hang.

Seriously, Cumbria's doing well in a very rural region.

  • davidinnotts
  • about 1 year ago

For zero cable, and zero-ish FTTP, getting less than 1% in the USC category is impressive. Especially as they're only half way through phase 1.

  • WWWombat
  • about 1 year ago

Cable shouldn't be zero - Smallworld in Carlisle is now Virgin

  • herdwick
  • about 1 year ago

Indeed, at a guess id say cable is available to what 10% of carlisle at least

  • omnius
  • about 1 year ago

I am on the Workington exchange and FTTP is NOT available

  • wingco1
  • about 1 year ago

They are constituency area and not exchange areas.

On SmallWorld a look at expanded virgin footprint is due and so will see that it is added.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

The coverage data has updated to include smallworld, individual postcode lookups today/tomorrow

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

We are classed as Carlisle but about 10miles from the city. We had an uprate speed of 0.2 the other day - couldn't even send a couple of photos on emails! Let alone watch films! Admittedly doesn't happen all the time, but the speed is very erratic. :-(

  • PopAb
  • about 1 year ago

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