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Latest BDUK Performance Indicator data published

The BDUK team within DCMS has released its latest quarters figures showing that superfast coverage delivered via the gap funding scheme has continued to increase.

The increasing coverage comes at a time when the performance of UK broadband is under attack from many corners, but all too often that is headline chasing rather than a full analysis of what people actually have available to them.

Cumulative to end of:Premises with superfast broadband service made availableBDUK funding (£)Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure
December 2012 254 £434,735 584
March 2013 16,638 £6,767,185 2,459
June 2013 38,343 £6,767,185 5,666
September 2013 111,968 £10,347,568 10,821
December 2013 273,731 £14,182,547 19,301
March 2014 508,801 £58,586,408 8,685
June 2014 888,113 £72,437,233 12,260
September 2014 1,383,777 £99,766,011 13,870
December 2014 1,908,725 £252,084,918 7,572
March 2015 2,411,395 301,444,870 7,999
June 2015 2,905,764 £331,828,330 8,757
September 2015 3,311,843 £372,153,178 8,899
December 2015 3,625,369 £406,918,848 8,909
March 2016 3,840,643 £476,742,422 8,056
June 2016 4,021,047 £492,573,929 8,163
September 2016 4,168,739 £497,656,699 8,377
December 2016 4,309,668 £513,598.393 8,391
March 2017 4,426,493 £550,832,876 8,036
June 2017 4,551,226 £563,829,249 8,072

As always a reminder that the BDUK is only continuing to count premises where speeds of over 24 Mbps are available, i.e. its superfast broadband and this will include a mixture of technologies such as VDSL2, FTTP and fixed wireless. The funding refers only to the money from Westminster, individual councils will be putting in varying amounts as are the operators who now are delivering via the many contracts.

The 4.5 million premises means the BDUK scheme has added 16 percentage points towards the current 93.5% of premises with access to a superfast broadband option since the days of December 2012 when the commercial coverage was sat at 67.5%, the gap of 10% is accounted for by continuing roll-outs of commercial and community funded schemes.

The current goal is for the UK to reach 95% superfast coverage by the end of 2017 and a mixture of gain-share reinvestment and commercial and community roll-outs will hopefully push coverage beyond this as 2018 progresses.


"As always a reminder that the BDUK is only continuing premises"

I assume that should read "counts" not "continuing".

  • TheEulerID
  • about 1 year ago

Fixed my counts problem

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Is the gap not the difference between BT counting passed and BDUK only counting >24Mbps?

Copper gain kit means you may need to deduct c13% (Audit Scotland est.) from BT figure to count >24MBps, while to achieve 4.55m >24Mbps, something closer to 7m premises needed to be passed.

  • ValueforMoney
  • about 1 year ago


Obviously not. That 10% is, as it says, BT, VM and altnet commercial. BT did not stop commercial roll-out in December 2012. In any event, the SF availability estimate is TBB's own one, so what has any BT stat on premises passed by FTTC go to do with it?

If that Scottish experience of 13% FTTC connections < 24mbps is representative of the UK as a whole (questionable), it's irrelevant.

Also, 13% sub-SF percentage means passing 5.23m premises, not 7 million.

  • TheEulerID
  • about 1 year ago

The gap varies from county to county, town to town, cabinet to cabinet

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

"The gap" mostly uses TBB's own figures.

In the context that Andrew used the term, the starting point of "the gap" (ie 67.5%) is what TBB themselves measure the coverage to have been.

Take a look at TBB's /local page, and have a look at the UK "history" graph.

As of December 2012, the estimate is that "fibre" reached 68.7%, while 67.5% had access to 24Mbps+ speeds, and 67.3% had access to 30Mbps+, and 49.1% had access to 100Mbps+.

Back then, there really weren't many places being left as "too long" for superfast speeds - partly because it mostly overlapped with VM.

  • WWWombat
  • about 1 year ago


Also, this slideset from BDUK shows commercial & community/altnet superfast coverage at 76% as of what would be appear to be around the end of 2016. Take off the 67.5% that TBB estimated as availability of SF in December 2012, and the difference is about 8.5%. Not quite 10%, but fairly close and probably down to some slight differences in estimation methods, rounding and definitions.

There isn't really much room for your singular take on statistics.

  • TheEulerID
  • about 1 year ago

oops - forgot the link.

  • TheEulerID
  • about 1 year ago

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