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
30 Mbps or faster
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%|
|Dorset County excluding Bournemouth and Poole||97.3%||90.9%||89.3%||10.3%||0.62%||1.3%||4.9%|
|Bournemouth Unitary Authority||99.7%||99.5%||99.5%||88.3%||0%||0%||0.2%|
|Christchurch District Council||99.9%||98.8%||98.4%||57.5%||0%||0.3%||0.6%|
|East Dorset District Council||98%||91%||89.5%||2.7%||0%||0.8%||4.1%|
|Poole Unitary Authority||99.5%||98.7%||98.6%||81.6%||0.24%||0%||0.2%|
|Purbeck District Council||94.5%||86.4%||84.3%||14%||0%||2.4%||6.9%|
|North Dorset District Council||97.8%||87.1%||84.9%||0.6%||0.58%||2.3%||8.2%|
|West Dorset District Council||94.9%||86.7%||84.5%||2.1%||2.05%||1.8%||7.6%|
|Weymouth and Portland District Council||99.3%||98.2%||97.6%||5.3%||0.12%||0.1%||0.2%|
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.