13,950 more ultrafast premises for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire in new £28m deal
A new deal worth some £28 million has been announced for the areas of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire and the key headline is that this is set to deliver 15,500 premises with superfast speeds, but more importantly almost 90% (~13,950 premises) will be delivered using FTTP those offer ultrafast speeds.
This third contract in the CSW BDUK project area comprises £4.8m from the three local authorities, £7.2m from BDUK, £2m from ERDF, £1m from the CWLEP and £13m from BT Group. No one knows where the premises that will benefit are located, but updates should appear on www.cswbroadband.org.uk with the first locations announcing in the next month or so and actual delivery work should allow the first premises to order in around 12 months and complete by the end of 2019.
The press release on the BT website does mention Gigabit download speeds for the FTTP, but since as yet its not available to order at the retail level for consumers we are holding back from describing Openreach FTTP as Gigabit broadband. The claim of 98% of the combined local authorities will have access to a superfast service by the end of project does look possible once you allow for the outstanding cabinets from phase II to go live and the extra work of this deal (our figures suggest it will be 98.1% with access to superfast by the end 2019).
|thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage across the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire and delivery via its BDUK project phases to date.|
data 12th September 2017
|Area||% fibre based|
24 Mbps or faster
30 Mbps or faster
100 Mbps or faster
|% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps download||% Under 10 Mbps download|
|Combined CSW Area||96.7%||94.2%||93.8%||63.8%||0.3%||0.6%||2.3%|
|BDUK CSW Phase I
|Extension Project CSW Phase II
Due to time constraints we have not attempted to identify which of the 1,593 premises of Openreach FTTP already delivered are down to the BDUK project in the area, hence the 0% in those columns. In case its not obvious the fact that the SEP project fibre figure is 81.3% indicates that there are cabinets that appear to be in the build phase but are not live yet so this should increase to 100% once the VDSL2 cabinets are all live, it is also possible that new cabinets we do not know about may appear thus the 14,055 premise count will increase too.
The 15,500 premises in this new deal amount to 3.2% of premises in the project area and this combined with the extra premises expected in phase II take the total to the 98% we mentioned earlier in this piece and fingers crossed we will also find some more FTTP delivered via the phase II project or maybe even new build premises that get FTTP via commercial arrangements.