Latest BDUK Performance Indicator data published
The BDUK process continues to deliver and with the 7 year term around clawback (gainshare) the recycling of funding as take-up increases is critical to pushing the UK behind the current 95% superfast goal by the end of 2017, the hope is that before 2020 a 97% superfast coverage target will be reached.
The premises figures are based around those who DCMS/BDUK have modelled as getting faster than 24 Mbps, for those who prefer the harder definition of 30 Mbps and faster our data indicates a 0.6% difference nationally, but this will be slightly different for the gap funded cabinets as they cover a wider footprint compared to the distinctly urban commercial footprint.
|Cumulative to end of:||Premises with superfast broadband service made available||BDUK funding (£)||Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure|
For those keen to read the caveats to the data then the full document covers everything, in simple summary remember that devolved administrations and local authorities gap fund on top of this amount, plus some areas have ERDF (EU money) and then the area that makes a few people hot under the collar is the contribution from suppliers (remember that the projects are not just BT Group any more). Spending from vouchers is not included.
The heady days of the first half of 2014 are a long time ago now and there is a clear trend since then of less premises being delivered per £1 million of gap funding, and this is to be expected as even though there will be plenty of exchange only line premises with people complaining about not having been helped yet, there are many more in the last year who've seen network rearrangement so that their cable bundle gains VDSL2 (and in a few lucky cases full fibre FTTP). Another factor is the amount of FTTP being deployed which if part of any project has often been at the end of the roll-out and in the case of Wales a lot has gone live in the last six months and still more to come.
The change maps cover both BDUK and commercial roll-outs, but show where the majority of the roll-out activity across England, Scotland and Wales is. Northern Ireland misses out on an image, but the change since the end of December 2016 there has been 0.5%.