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

The roll-outs of superfast, ultrafast and full fibre broadband continue and as the table shows the bulk of the activity is in those parts of the UK that have the lowest levels of superfast coverage.

The UK has some 1.7 million premises without access to superfast broadband and as broadband at decent speeds becomes ever more important to people it is no surprise that those who have sat and watched the roll-outs but have not had any improvements yet are increasingly vocal. The UK Governments 95% target is currently 300,826 premises short of its target and just a few months left now.

(Correction 8th October Above paragraph previously stated 1.4 million premises without access to superfast, the actual figure is 1.7 million premises currently. The 1.4 million was referring to the number that will still be without superfast access once the UK hits 95% and was sitting in the notes and when writing up article the wrong figure was entered into the article.)

Scotland has hit an interesting figure, it has 95% of premises with access to a 10 Mbps or faster connection and if another 50,481 premises can be pushed to 15 Mbps or better the 95% with access to high speed broadband target can be crossed off.

The 96% target figure in Wales is still somewhat woolly, if the definition is any DOCSIS,FTTP,FTTC service then it is sat at 96.1%, more likely a 10 Mbps or 15 Mbps qualifier will be applied, and for those the Superfast Cymru project is 0.4% and 1.5% shy of those respective targets. The Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) roll-out is very apparent in Wales and there is still lots marked down as ready for service by end of 2017, we've not tallied up those waiting but a ballpark estimate would be another 20,000 to 30,000 premises are due.

thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Full Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, its nations and regions for premises
In descending order of superfast coverage - figures 6th October 2017
(change since 7th September 2017)
Area% fibre based
VDSL2 or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster

%

Full Fibre 

and

Openreach FTTP

% Under 2 Mbps download% Under 10 Mbps download
North East 97.7% 96.6% (+0.1) 96.3% 52.9% (+0.1)

0.44%

0.06%

0.2% 1.2%
928,618 Premises 907,452 896,581 894,502 490,767

4,102

600

2,122 11,417
London 97.4% 96.4% (+0.1) 96.3% 71.3% (+0.2)

5.24%

1.93% (+0.03)

0.1% 0.7%
4,420,907 Premises 4,305,117 4,262,537 4,255,598 3,151,305

231,692

85,298

6,137 32,050
East Midlands 98.3% 96.3% (+0.2) 96% 58.7% (=)

0.9%

0.15%

0.5% 1.7%
1,103,454 Premises 1,085,052 1,062,236 1,058,926 647,943

9,883

1,673

5,440 19,097
South East 98.1% 96.1% (+0.1) 95.8% 52.5% (+0.1)

2.43%

1.22%

0.3% 1.5%
2,156,066 Premises 2,116,167 2,072,930 2,065,314 1,131,720

52,352

26,303

7,061 31,543
West Midlands 97.8% 95.8% (+0.2) 95.5% 64.6% (+0.2)

0.90%

0.30% (+0.01)

0.4% 1.8%
2,769,838 Premises 2,707,659 2,653,189 2,644,612 1,788,950

24,803

8,304

11,164 48,869
North West 97.7% 95.2% (+0.1) 94.9% 48.6% (+0.1)

1.78%

1.04% (+0.02)

0.7% 2.4%
3,904,130 Premises 3,815,244 3,717,967 3,704,586 1,898,258

69,415

40,441

27,025 92,150
England 97% 94.6% (+0.2) 94.2% 55.9% (+0.1)

3.14%

1.82% (+0.03)

0.5% 2.3%
23,939,648 Premises 23,216,421 22,643,804 22,559,826 13,389,209

751,815

435,530

128,017 542,022
Great Britain 96.8% 94.2% 93.8% 53.6%

2.90%

1.72%

0.6% 2.6%
27,862,815 Premises 26,961,330 26,249,578 26,144,726 14,938,752

807,671

478,318

174,817 731,246
United Kingdom 96.6% 93.9% (+0.2) 93.6% 53% (+0.1)

2.84%

1.69% (+0.04)

0.8% 2.8%
28,598,829 Premises 27,685,621 26,868,061 26,755,173 15,169,375

811,859

482,506

220,065 809,441
Rest Of Scotland 95.8% 93.1% (+0.3) 92.8% 47.5% (+0.5)

0.52%

0.14% (+0.01)

1% 3.8%
2,345,518 Premises 2,247,915 2,184,123 2,175,648 1,113,086

12,177

3,300

23,338 88,449
East of England 96.1% 92.9% (+0.2) 92.4% 51.7% (+0.1)

1.15%

0.59%

0.7% 3.3%
2,604,629 Premises 2,502,112 2,419,341 2,407,654 1,346,212

29,958

15,407

19,101 85,409
Wales 96.1% 92.6% (+0.6) 91.9% 32.7% (+0.3)

3.21%

2.96% (+0.38)

0.9% 4.4%
1,327,270 Premises 1,275,202 1,228,790 1,219,900 434,508

42,562

39,313

12,549 58,380
Yorkshire and Humber 94.4% 92.2% (+0.4) 91.9% 53.7% (+0.4)

6.34%

5.41% (+0.15)(includes KCom Lightstream)

0.6% 3.5%
2,560,671 Premises 2,417,605 2,361,501 2,353,718 1,374,464

162,446

138,622

15,785 90,833
Scotland 95.1% 91.6% (+0.4) 91.1% 42.9% (+0.1)

0.51%

0.13% (+0.01)

1.3% 5%
2,595,897 Premises 2,469,707 2,376,984 2,365,000 1,115,035

13,294

3,475

34,251 130,844
South West 96.2% 91.5% (+0.5) 90.9% 44.7% (+0.1)

4.79%

3.41% (+0.04)

1% 3.7%
3,491,335 Premises 3,360,013 3,197,522 3,174,916 1,559,590

167,164

118,882

34,182 130,654
Northern Ireland 98.4% 84% (+0.6) 82.9% 31.3% (+1.2)

0.57%

0.57% (+0.03)

6.1% 10.6%
736,014 Premises 724,291 618,483 610,447 230,623

4,188

4,188

45,248 78,195
Highlands and Islands (HIE) 88.3% 76.3% (+1.7) 74.8% 0.1% (=)

0.12%

0.12% (+0.03)

4.6% 17.7%
238,798 Premises 210,827 182,088 178,601 293

293

293

10,907 42,209

Comments

Andrew.
Your Great Britain premises figure for 10Mb is the same as the 2Mb figures I think it should be around the 730k not 174k

The slow steady climb through the difficult tail is actually quite impressive when looking at the reality of the terrain in much of what is left.

  • jumpmum
  • 16 days ago

Ta - have fixed it

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 16 days ago

Andrew Your figures say 1.7m premises do not have superfast speed, not 1.4m as stated in the article. It may seem a small difference but it is equivalent to the total number of premises in for example Suffolk.

To put the 1.7m in context this is the total number of premises in Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincolnshire,Shropshire and Cumbria combined.

  • gerarda
  • 16 days ago

The problem was that had done the maths for 95% and when writing up from notes had typed the 1.4m figure rather than the 1.7m figure which was how things stood on Friday night.

A correction has been made and a note underneath the paragraph so its clear.

If we were writing newspaper headlines we'd of course be talking about some 4 million people who don't have access to superfast broadband.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 16 days ago

In interesting question is what coverage will be reached if all gainshare money is reinvested. There's £463m on BT's books as of the end of Q1 2017-18. Only £7m of net grant was recognised in the quarter, meaning that the grant money being received is almost being balanced by the increase in the gainshare contingency. There should be a lot more in the future. The net BDUK subsidy to date is about £150 per premises passed. The "tail" is much more expensive, but I can see the non-SF premises below 3% - perhaps even 2% - when this all plays out.

  • TheEulerID
  • 15 days ago

Somewhat ironic that the heading Correctoin needs altering itself!

  • peterjohnfrancis
  • 14 days ago

The deliberate error of the day :-) Or more likely the sticky key from a tea incident.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 14 days ago

I don't know if the figures are real or fake If you don't live in a town in East Lindsey then there is a good chance you have an almost unusable broadband connection. My daughters broadband speed was less than one so she opted for sky ultra fast fibre her speed is now 6 download and 0.8 upload and if you don't live in a village it is worse she also has no mobile coverage from any of the mobile networks which is consistent and this is the norm for the rural areas of Lincolnshire which is the majority

  • searcher100
  • 12 days ago

@Searcher100
IMHO Rather rude to post a comment on a site that suggests figures calculated by the site’s editor may be fake! Have you checked the data for your postcode? Is it wrong? If so, have you used the provided link to highlight the error?

Donald Trump may like to suggest anything he doesn’t agree with is fake, prefer “alternative facts”, let’s not let that nonsense spread over here.

  • New_Londoner
  • 12 days ago

http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/east-lindsey,E07000137

East Lindsey District Council stats, superfast 83% plus a further 12.5% with VDSL2 available but at sub superfast speeds.

http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/broadband-map#12/53.2459/0.0652/openreach/ shows East Lindsey area with postcodes where VDSL2/FTTP is available. Toggle on the ADSL layer (which should be all postcodes to get an idea of the population density i.e. its low)

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 12 days ago

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