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£2.1m of clawback to increase superfast coverage in Worcestershire

An extra £3 million is going back into the Superfast Worcestershire roll-out and this should boost coverage by a further 1.5% to 2.5%, which if added to the declared aim of 94% superfast during 2018 will be very welcome in the increasingly annoyed areas where people are waiting on broadband improvements.

The £3 million boost is made up of £2.1m of gain share and £0.9m of savings from the phase 1 contract. Actual take-up in Worcestershire has not actually breached the 20% claw back level yet as its at 17%, but the gain share amounts as with other areas are generallyt down to BT re-jigging its models and working out costings based on a 30% take-up, i.e. they are taking on additional risk be presuming take-up will reach 30% rather than the previous 20%.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC and Fibre Broadband Coverage across constituences that comprise Worcestershire
- figures as of 14th August 2015
Area % fibre based % superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 15 Mbps
Worcestershire County 87.8% 79.9% 78.4% 25.1% 0% 1.3% 15.1%
Bromsgrove 90.1% 83.9% 82.5% 21.5% 0% 0.6% 10.5%
Mid Worcestershire 86.7% 70.3% 67.3% 0.2% 0% 2.4% 23.9%
Redditch 91.6% 88% 87.9% 81.1% 0% 2.6% 9.3%
West Worcestershire 69.3% 61.2% 58.5% 0.1% 0% 1.7% 29.7%
Worcester 98.4% 89.3% 88.2% 1.2% 0% 0.4% 8.9%
Wyre Forest 90.2% 86.3% 85.5% 49.5% 0% 0.5% 8.8%

The first cabinets in the project went live in May 2014 and phase 1 is close to its 90% fibre based target at 87.8% (during 2015 superfast coverage has grown from 72% to 78.4%), suggesting that as phase 2 starts to deliver we will see increasing amounts of exchange only lines converted and looking at the disparity between fibre based and superfast coverage the only way to meet the 2017/2018 project goal of 95% fibre based (94% superfast) will be by deploying FTTP too.


The early reports of a BDUK contract suggest that Worcestershire's target was 90% superfast, not just 90% fibre-based.

Latest status is that there are 20,000 premises still to be done (phase 1 runs until June 2016), which is about another 8%.

  • WWWombat
  • over 3 years ago

The projects have given mixed messaging on the targets all too often so will be interesting to see at which point they declare phase 1 complete.

The 15 Mbps figure is we believe a good indicator, as homes can stream several HD feeds.

Also with some cable in the county if Project Lightning delivers it may resolve some of the gaps in the more urban areas.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 3 years ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
I would think BT/Openreach would have planned for 15 meg down as it falls in the window of 1500mtres------1610mtres. (1mile) giving the option to all ISP,s to provide a service. The customers not in this band will be serviced either with bypassed Fibre or G/fast at a later date depending on the cost.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

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