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March update on state of broadband coverage across the UK, nations and regions

The ending of so many large BDUK contracts combined with the integration of new premises for the Sept 2017 to January 2018 period means that across many of the regions the levels of superfast broadband coverage have remained static in the last month at a resolution of 0.1% and in some has actually descreased due to new build activity.

Wales is the one area with a significant change with an extra 0.2% added to the superfast total (including some FTTP) this takes Wales to within 0.2% of 96% with access to a 15 Mbps or faster connection. Whether this represents the full sum of tidying up of half built FTTP and extra cabinets squeezed out by the Welsh Assembly from BT is unknown, only as we see more cabinets and FTTP areas go live will we know for sure.

The full fibre news is that we saw the UK break the 1 million premises figure in our database on 23rd February and that figure has continued to increase to 1,020,035 in the subsequent 12 days. If 2020 targets from a number of broadband providers are to be met we should see the rate of increase for full fibre accelerating, the longer that time passes between all the talk of more full fibre that props up share prices and is popular with the public too and seeing significant increases the more people will start to say that FTTP is Fibre To The Press Release (FTTPr)

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 March 2018
(change since 7th February 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

% Below USO

10 Mbps download

1 Mbps upload

North East 98.1% 97.1% (-0.1) 96.9% 52.9% (-0.2)

0.53% (=)

0.16% (+0.01)

0.2% 2.2%
930,383 Premises 913,119 903,507 901,632 492,164

4,955

1,448

2,023 20,748
London 97.7% 96.9% (=) 96.8% 71.5% (-0.1)

6.56% (+0.23)

2.58% (+0.14)

0.1% 2.6%
4,495,980 Premises 4,393,037 4,357,337 4,350,807 3,214,969

294,990

116,190

5,556 116,056
East Midlands 98.6% 96.9% (=) 96.6% 58.6% (=)

1.13% (+0.09)

0.37% (+0.09)

0.4% 2.2%
1,113,963 Premises 1,098,606 1,079,152 1,075,908 652,197

12,624

4,080

4,694 24,049
South East 98.5% 96.8% (=) 96.5% 52.6% (=)

2.89% (+0.10)

1.51% (+0.06)

0.3% 2.1%
2,180,853 Premises 2,148,834 2,111,671 2,104,896 1,146,228

62,958

32,903

6,369 46,510
West Midlands 98% 96.3% (-0.1) 96.1% 64.3% (-0.3)

1.36% (+0.10)

0.60% (+0.09)

0.3% 2.7%
2,807,733 Premises 2,751,897 2,704,956 2,698,306 1,808,106

38,174

16,785

9,710 77,196
North West 98.2% 96.1% (=) 95.8% 49.1% (=)

2.17% (+0.08)

1.30% (+0.05)

0.6% 2.9%
3,933,926 Premises 3,862,585 3,779,917 3,768,580 1,932,425

85,354

51,282

24,650 114,660
England 97.6% 95.5% (=) 95.2% 56.2% (-0.1)

3.82% (+0.12)

2.25% (+0.08)

0.5% 3.4%
24,214,632 Premises 23,623,869 23,128,177 23,055,525 13,612,584

924,024

543,801

117,402 813,029
Great Britain 97.5% 95.3% (=) 95% 53.9% (=)

3.58% (+0.11)

2.17% (+0.07)

0.6% 3.6%
28,234,809 Premises 27,520,755 26,899,683 26,812,381 15,204,508

1,009,758

613,932

161,266 1,019,190
United Kingdom 97.5% 95.0% (=) 94.7% 53.2% (-0.1)

3.52% (+0.09)

2.15% (+0.07)

0.7% 3.8%
29,011,165 Premises 28,286,869 27,579,712 27,476,314 15,443,912

1,020,035

624,209

203,440 1,089,689

Rest Of Scotland
(i.e. not HIE area)

97.1% 94.6% (=) 94.3% 47.2% (-0.2)

0.91% (+0.06)

0.42% (+0.04)

0.9% 4.5%
2,393,373 Premises 2,324,179 2,263,788 2,257,858 1,129,327

21,731

10,004

22,480 107,402
East of England 96.8% 94.1% (=) 93.7% 51.6% (-0.1)

1.49% (+0.03)

0.82% (+0.03)

0.7% 4.5%
2,634,112 Premises 2,550,533 2,478,082 2,467,324 1,359,658

39,271

21,729

18,232 117,896
Wales 97.2% 94.4% (+0.2) 94% 32.8% (+0.1)

4.53% (+0.08)

4.27% (+0.09)

0.8% 4.1%
1,392,759 Premises 1,354,289 1,314,868 1,309,097 456,215

63,158

59,460

11,432 57,749
Yorkshire and Humber 95.9% 94.1% (+0.1) 93.8% 54.5% (=)

7.18% (+0.08)

6.21% (+0.06)(includes KCom Lightstream)

0.6% 5%
2,578,892 Premises 2,474,123 2,425,640 2,419,119 1,406,295

185,202

160,095

14,771 129,222
Scotland 96.8% 93.5% (=) 93.2% 43.2% (-0.1)

0.86% (+0.05)

0.41% (+0.05)

1.2% 5.6%
2,627,418 Premises 2,542,597 2,456,638 2,447,760 1,135,709

22,576

10,671

32,432 148,412
South West 97% 92.9% (=) 92.4% 45.2% (=)

5.67% (+0.14)

3.94% (+0.07)

0.9% 4.7%
3,538,790 Premises 3,431,135 3,287,915 3,268,952 1,600,542

200,496

139,289

31,397 166,692
Northern Ireland 98.7% 86.4% (-0.3) 85.5% 30.8% (=)

1.32% (+0.01)

1.32% (+0.01)

5.4% 9.7%
776,356 Premises 766,114 671,029 663,933 239,404

10,277

10,277

42,174 75,099
Highlands and Islands (HIE) 89.9% 79.1% (+0.1) 78% 0.3% (=)

0.29% (=)

0.29% (=)

4.3% 16.6%
241,006 Premises 216,712 190,681 187,884 690

690

690

10,278 40,069

Comments

Interestingly all the Full fibre %ages have increased ( or stayed static) even where the premises count has lowered the overall %. This suggests that the increase in Full fibre is keeping ahead of the new builds even when BDUK has ended in many areas.

  • jumpmum
  • 7 months ago

The BDUK rollouts are still adding FTTP. Contractors are stringing fibre on the poles on our road as I type this.

  • gerarda
  • 6 months ago

Yes they are, and we are seeing bits of infill with new VDSL2 cabinets or FTTP, but at nothing like the volumes of 2017.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

Indeed. There were plenty of LA/BDUK projects that had contractual end-dates beyond the end-2017 target that central government had. The fact the target coverage was reached quite close to the target date is actually a coincidence.

And, of course, the extra coverage that can be bought from re-spend of the clawback money can also be considered to be BDUK work, even if the government can no longer be bothered to track it (or, seemingly, benefit from any PR).

Is there anywhere that has actually stopped all activities?

  • WWWombat
  • 6 months ago

Wales is close, officially ended, but squeezing a bit more out of BT.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers. In Surrey clawback money still being spent by Openreach on bespoke infill Cabs this is showing on the 24 meg results also changing on the 11 council areas as the post codes change.

  • Blackmamba
  • 6 months ago

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