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July update on state of broadband coverage across the UK and regions

The superfast broadband roll-outs continue and with the sunny summer months it should be full on campaign mode to get as much delivered as possible with minimal interference from the weather.

Of course for those who are still to see any improvements since the original ADSL roll-outs seeing the levels of coverage when nothing has happened in their area will be very galling and while some areas are talking of 100% superfast broadband coverage none have laid out their firm plans to give people a definite timeline. The Universal Service Obligation may well be the route for many out of the slow or no broadband zone, but while the legal framework is in place actual methods of delivery and actual delivery or mechanism to request delivery is still a massive unknown.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, its nations and regions for premises
In descending order of superfast coverage - figures 2nd July 2017
(change since 7th June 2017)
Area% fibre based
VDSL2 or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
% Openreach FTTP% Under 2 Mbps USC% Under proposed 10 Mbps USO
North East 97.5% 96.2% (+0.4) 95.8% 52.7% (+1.3) 0.06% 0.2% 1.4%
London 97% 95.9% (+0.2) 95.7% 71% (+1.7) 1.89% 0.2% 0.9%
East Midlands 98.1% 95.8% (+0.1) 95.4% 58.6% (+1.3) 0.14% 0.5% 1.9%
South East 98% 95.6% (+0.1) 95.1% 52.4% (+1.4) 1.21% 0.3% 1.7%
West Midlands 97.5% 95.3% (+0.3) 94.8% 64.3% (+1.6) 0.28% 0.4% 1.9%
North West 97.5% 94.7% (+0.1) 94.2% 48.4% (+1.2) 0.98% (+0.01) 0.7% 2.6%
England 96.5% 93.9% (+0.2) 93.4% 55.7% (+1.6) 1.75% (+0.02) 0.6% 2.6%
United Kingdom 96.3% 93.2% (+0.2) 92.6% 52.8% (+1.3) 1.59% (+0.01) 0.8% 3.2%
East of England 95.5% 92% (+0.2) 91.3% 51.6% (+1.2) 0.58% (+0.02) 0.7% 3.6%
Rest Of Scotland 95% 92% (+0.4) 91.4% 46.9% (+2) 0.12% 1% 4.1%
Wales 95.3% 91.3% (+0.3) 90.3% 32.1% (+1) 2.34% (+0.12) 0.9% 5.1%
Yorkshire and Humber 93.6% 91.2% (+0.4) 90.7% 53% (+1.4) 5.02% (+0.07) (includes KCom Lightstream) 0.6% 4.1%
South West 95.5% 90.5% (+0.2) 89.6% 44.5% (+1) 3.32% (+0.02) 1.1% 4.5%
Scotland 94.2% 90.3% (+0.5) 89.5% 42.7% (+1.9) 0.11% 1.3% 5.4%
Northern Ireland 98% 82.2% (+0.5) 80.6% 30% (+1.4) 0.40% 6.5% 11.8%
Highlands and Islands (HIE) 86.4% 72.6% (+0.6) 70.5% 0.08% (=) 0.08% 4.7% 20%

The jump in ultrafast coverage is down to a big sweep across the UK during June reviewing the Virgin Media footprint, and the overlap with existing superfast options means the effect on the superfast coverage levels was minimal, so this jump does not represent a jump that is going to be ongoing every month unfortunately.

Wales has finally broken the 90% superfast barrier at both the faster than 24 Mbps and the 30 Mbps and faster definitions, the original project had a stated aim of 96% 'fibre' based, i.e. access to VDSL2 (and some FTTP) at any speed and that figure is currently running at 95.3% and with the amount of FTTP that is showing as in build across Wales this figure looks likely to be met. A recent visit to rural areas of Wales including some of these areas had us finding a good number of the black with yellow stripe fibre tubes coiled up on poles ready to installed and the fibre blown, so it looks like it is just a case of bodies being available to do the physical work.

The maps below show the changes across England, Scotland and Wales in the last month with the scale being the same across all the images. For those wanting to do their own maps there is a simple list of local authorities with weekly updating coverage figures and speed test analysis from the last quarter available at http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/councils

Map of change in superfast broadband coverage across England in June 2017
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Map of change in superfast broadband coverage across England in June 2017

Map of change in superfast broadband coverage across Scotland in June 2017
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Map of change in superfast broadband coverage across Scotland in June 2017

Map of change in superfast broadband coverage across Wales in June 2017
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Map of change in superfast broadband coverage across Wales in June 2017

Apologies to Northern Ireland we don't have the change figures available as an image, but the constituency level coverage levels are available on one of our numerous maps, along with the estimate speeds for postcodes and other layers highlighting USC, USO postcodes.

Comments

"It should be full on campaign mode to get as much delivered as possible with minimal interference from the weather."

Unfortunately it is also peak holiday period too, so there may be fewer available staff to make use of this good weather (although better weather usually means fewer faults so, maybe, that will do it.

Interesting to note that there is a lot of fibre there just waiting for the final mile part in Wales. It goes to show that final bit is labour intensive and there are only so many trained workers around.

  • TheEulerID
  • 3 months ago

10 years ago I left Church crookham and my ntl fiber BB for Crondall 1 mile away still on narrowband Openreach digusting...

  • swalesa
  • 2 months ago

7 years ago we had 2mbps on a good day, now we struggle with 0.2 - 0.7mbps and constant disconnection. I work from home and it's getting harder everyday to do simple things like even answering an email. We are surrounded by superfast broadband, but Openreach engineers have told us our speed is just going to get worse! Openreach needs to get everyone up to speed!

  • ainjewelz
  • 2 months ago

One of the biggest problems is the complete lack of information for those still waiting for and upgrade route from a slow ASDLMax connection.

  • brianhe
  • 2 months ago

Hi Swalesa.
Have you checked your Post Code to see if you can get a better service as the area may have been upgraded just go to your ISP and they may be able to help you I did work in the Exchange areas across TH.

  • Blackmamba
  • 2 months ago

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