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Hampshire announces 2nd wave timetable for more superfast broadband

Hampshire is not currently leading the pack with regards to superfast broadband coverage at 87.5% to 88.4% coverage (variation is difference in coverage at 30 Mbps and 24 Mbps speeds) which places the county in the middle of the pack for superfast coverage (if you were to combine Portsmouth and Southampton into the overall figure the county would move a decent way up the scale.

Many seem to voice doubts over what the superfast roll-out is delivering and by picking a constituency in Hampshire with no cable coverage it is a lot easier to see the effect.

Average FTTC speed tests in New Forest West since FTTC appeared

Axis details: Left hand graph, grey line fibre based broadband availability, blue line superfast broadband coverage at speeds of 30 Mbps or more. Other two graphs, green denotes download speed and red upload speeds across time. Y-axis Mbps and X-axis date with data points every quarter.
Jump in speeds delivered by FTTC in New Forest West

New Forest West as can be seen above started to show up on speed tests with FTTC speed tests in Q1 2013 and while ADSL/ADSL2+ speeds have climbed slightly you can see the big jump that FTTC represents both for download and upload speeds. The rise in ADSL/ADSL2+ speeds over the time frame shown will be down to the continued roll-out of WBC ADSL2+ and LLU based exchanges in the area.

Hampshire is now with its wave 2 roll-out pushing on to a target of 96% superfast broadband coverage and this is set to be delivered in five phases of around 7,000 to 9,000 premises in each one, with the Superfast Hampshire website providing a postcode search for those wanting to know if they will benefit in 2016 or will be waiting for the completion in September 2018.

"This is great news for Hampshire. Once this stage is complete, we will have reached our initial (or present) target of ensuring 96% of Hampshire’s homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband. Our programme has, so far, provided an extra 72,000 premises with access to superfast broadband – locations that would not have been covered by the commercial market. “However, this does not mean we are complacent about the final 4%. Hampshire is hosting one of five government trials exploring the different business models and technologies that can be used to reach the remaining premises across the country, and I am committed to ensuring that no-one in Hampshire is left in the ‘slow lane’. “Superfast broadband is increasingly important if people are to take full advantage of opportunities offered by the internet. Linked to the economic prosperity and quality of life of people living and working in Hampshire - from small business start-ups to older people keeping in touch with relatives, superfast broadband is vital infrastructure in today’s world."

Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry

The changing face of broadband availability in Hampshire is shown in the large table below, and as we now know the USO is targeting a minimum speed of 10 Mbps we are also tracking that figure.

thinkbroadband calculation of current fibre, superfast and USC broadband coverage in Hampshire and its Parliamentary Constituencies - 18th November 2015 (change since September 2015)
Council Area % fibre based % superfast
>24 Mbps
(change since 28/7/15)
% superfast
>30 Mbps
% cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 10 Mbps USO
Hampshire County
Excludes Portsmouth and Southampton
92.4% 88.4% (+0.2) 87.5% (+1.1) 55.2% 0.16% 0.7% 5.3%
Portsmouth (City) 98.8% 98.6% (=) 98.6% 92.1% 0% 0% 0.7%
Southampton (City) 96% 95.6% (+0.2) 95.5% 79.1% 0% 0% 1.3%
Aldershot 98.2% 97.2% (=) 97% 89.5% 0% 0.3% 1.5%
Basingstoke 94.9% 92.6% (+1) 91.8% 59.9% 0% 0.3% 4%
East Hampshire 87.4% 78.9% (+0.6) 77% 18% 0% 1.3% 8.6%
Eastleigh 95.9% 94.8% (+0.5) 94.5% 62.3% 0% 0.2% 1%
Fareham 96.7% 95.5% (=) 94.9% 84.1% 0% 0% 2.1%
Gosport 97.8% 97% (=) 96.7% 88% 0% 0% 0.8%
Havant 99.2% 98.6% (+0.2) 98.5% 86.9% 0% 0.2% 0.5%
Meon Valley 86.9% 82.2% (+0.7) 80.5% 56.2% 0% 0.7% 9.9%
New Forest East 91.4% 85.5% (+3.8) 84.3% 24.8% 0% 0.9% 5.7%
New Forest West 91.9% 82.5% (+4.2) 80.9% 0% 0% 1.2% 6.3%
North East Hampshire 91.8% 85.2% (+0.9) 84.1% 51.4% 0% 0.6% 5.7%
North West Hampshire 86.8% 81.1% (+3.6) 79.8% 38.2% 2.13% 1.8% 10.3%
Portsmouth North 98.6% 98.4% (=) 98.4% 90.8% 0% 0% 0.7%
Portsmouth South 99% 98.8% (=) 98.8% 93.1% 0% 0% 0.7%
Romsey and Southampton North 85% 79.6% (+2.6) 79.2% 54.8% 0% 1.7% 12%
Southampton Itchen 94.4% 94% (=) 94% 74.7% 0% 0% 1.8%
Southampton Test 97.2% 97.1% (+0.3) 97% 83.6% 0% 0% 0.5%
Winchester 87.5% 85% (+0.1) 84.4% 58.4% 0% 0.5% 7.4%

The New Forest and North West Hampshire areas show the most progress in terms of coverage and while the USC coverage figures are staying stable unfortunately due to the difficulties in reaching the individual and small clusters of 4 or 5 premises that are a feature of the most rural parts of the county, hopefully as coverage creeps towards the 96% figure we will see this dropping slowly. While some say that the 10 Mbps USO speed is enough for the typical family, we believe it represents a speed at which most families stop complaining, i.e. it is enough to do most things and while more speed will always be welcome the economic and social benefits of getting faster speeds may outweigh the costs, so we wait with interest to see how the BT and now increasingly other infrastructure operators contribute to lowering the number who cannot get 10 Mbps or better.


It would also look like there's very little of the 80mbps service being taken up in New Forest West if the speed tests is anything to go by. Of course, that may often be due to cabinet to property distance issues, but I suspect that it's because, for most people the extra speed does not warrant the price premium.

  • TheEulerID
  • over 3 years ago

Hi THeEuler.
I did visit Minstead New Forest East and found that many customers did not know they could get SFB they have been advised but no showing on thinkbroad map yet the cab was in service 6 months ago data may be in the database. I had been told that a few customers were under the new 10 meg USO.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

Apart from a search facility that covers up an area of interest, the HCC site isfull of platitudes and only hinting of SFB arriving soon and maybe not all. GU34 2NQ is an industrial estate a stones throw from Alton town centre. Many units use their broadband connection heavily with a 15Mbps connection struggling to meet their requirements. A big sigh for a non- announcement for those working at the coal face wishing to reinvest in the business and not looking to spend tens of thousands of pounds to get just a very modest uplift in speed. Not good enough really.

  • trolleybus
  • over 3 years ago

trlooey the industrial estate had opporuntity to work with infrastructure provider to gap fund the development / industrial estate circa 18months ago but not interest

  • fastman
  • over 3 years ago

trolleybus were you aware of this

  • fastman
  • over 3 years ago

Hi trolleybus.
I have been watching your area code Alton and have found that the Bordon area there has been infilling on lines that are unable to get 15 meg. I think your area will be last in the gueue as you are able to get over the 10 meg USO. If you keep watching Openreach (Where and When) on the infilling you will see the patten.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

Hi Trolleybus.
I have just checked Openreach and Alton Exchange and Bordon Exchange are showing fibre on demand (FOD) last time I looked it was not showing on both exchanges.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

@blackmamba Fod IS NOT infill and it is not open for orders from any retailers at this time and has not been since the start of 2015.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 3 years ago

According to that site the PO15 6DG postcode is not part of Phase 2. No Virgin and no FTTC with ADSL topping out at 6.5Mbit (usually ~2Mbit) the only option until they decide what alternative technology they will use. The next road over has both Virgin and FTTC.

  • Garndell
  • over 3 years ago

Hi Andrews staff and trolleybus.
Just checked an exchange in Hants FGX on Cab and it is showing fibre on demand FOD and this can be ordered on if required from Openreach at a tapered price thus showing the inforstructor (fibre) is in place at that exchange.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

@blackmamba You need to be a communications provider to order from Openreach, find me a CP that will actually take an order, when even BT Wholesale is not placing orders

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 3 years ago

Hi Andrews Staff.
Ewhurst Web/ page has confermed that Openreach is not providing a service Fibre on Demand England today but is requesting if any customer has ordered to contact them as Cabs are showing Availibity. I did have a chance last week to order Fibre on Demand but was able to get SFB to their site the delay was 22 months.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

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