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More full fibre for Dorset in a £7.4m roll-out

With the focus from Government and Ofcom being on full fibre the way to go for any public money invested now that will tick the most boxes is to ensure a high proportion of full fibre (Fibre to the Premises) compared to the previous split between VDSL2 and FTTP where most gap funded schemes favoured VDSL2 due to the value for money criteria.

Today sees Dorset annouce a new contract BT that is intended to extend 'fibre' broadband to another 3,800 premises with the most of these 3,800 being promised as full fibre ultrafast connections. The funding to achieve this comes from Dorset LEP £2m, BDUK funds £2m and BT £3.4m and is intended to have completed the roll-out by summer 2019, so in two years time.

The 3,800 premises is just over 1% of the premises in Dorset and the press release states 'Around 95 per cent of premises in Dorset can already order a superfast fibre broadband service' though as our table below shows this is only the case if you include the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole but given that a business park spread over 60 hectares near Bournemouth Airport is set to benefit this seems reasonable, but runs the risk of over stating the results of the existing BDUK projects and making people who have missed out even more angry as the view that the BDUK projects is all about rural villages and market towns still in the commonly head picture in peoples minds. We have included a breakdown, for the various council areas in our usual table so people can see how things vary across the county council areas.

In addition to Aviation Business Park the 56 hectare site at Dorset Innovation Park Enterprise Zone will benefit and premises in areas such as Stinsford/Lower Bockhamption, Ringstead, Poyntington, East Burton, Ridge, Harman's Cross, Worgret Hill, Wareham, Southwell, Portland, Hampreston and Hurn.

thinkbroadband analysis of broadband coverage across Dorset and its District Councils and Unitary Authorities
figures 11th July 2017
Area% fibre based% 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
Dorset County including Bournemouth and Poole 98.3% 94.5% 93.6% 43.7% 0.39% 0.7% 2.8%
349,388 Premises 343,440 330,330 327,197 152,657 3,427 2,510 9,827
Dorset County excluding Bournemouth and Poole 97.3% 90.9% 89.3% 10.3% 0.62% 1.3% 4.9%
193,958 Premises 188,721 176,307 173,204 19,977 1,202 2,521 9,503
Bournemouth Unitary Authority 99.7% 99.5% 99.5% 88.3% 0% 0% 0.2%
87,480 Premises 87,217 87,042 87,042 77,253 0 0 175
Christchurch District Council 99.9% 98.8% 98.4% 57.5% 0% 0.3% 0.6%
22,883 Premises 22,860 22,608 22,516 13,148 0 68 137
East Dorset District Council 98% 91% 89.5% 2.7% 0% 0.8% 4.1%
40,237 Premises 39,432 36,615 36,012 1,074 0% 321 1,650
Poole Unitary Authority 99.5% 98.7% 98.6% 81.6% 0.24% 0% 0.2%
67,950 Premises 67,610 67,066 66,999 55,434 163 0 136
Purbeck District Council 94.5% 86.4% 84.3% 14% 0% 2.4% 6.9%
21,160 Premises 19,996 18,282 17,837 2,954 0 508 1,460
North Dorset District Council 97.8% 87.1% 84.9% 0.6% 0.58% 2.3% 8.2%
31,058 Premises 30,374 27,051 26,368 2,953 2,953 714 2,546
West Dorset District Council 94.9% 86.7% 84.5% 2.1% 2.05% 1.8% 7.6%
48,186 Premises 45,728 41,777 40,717 988 988 867 3,662
Weymouth and Portland District Council 99.3% 98.2% 97.6% 5.3% 0.12% 0.1% 0.2%
30,434 Premises 30,220 29,886 29,703 1,625 37 30 61

We believe the gap funding via the BDUK projects has to date delivered something like 76,400 premises at over 24 Mbps using VDSL2, and we've not had chance to go through the FTTP areas to determine if likely to be gap funded or commercial deployment so there is likely to be some full fibre (FTTP) to add to that figure.

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