Figures on what the many BDUK contracts have delivered across UK
Tracking what is being delivered is a key task for the local authorities and they have a responsibility to show that public money is being spent wisely. We are attempting to also do the same but for all the BDUK projects at the same time, traditionally we have just published this as a round-up for the overall UK picture when DCMS has released its quarterly figures, but today we reveal for the first time the full set of what we believe has been delivered to date under the BDUK contracts.
This is going to be a very large table, as we split out the project phases, PH1 being the original BDUK contracts that start delivery at the end of 2012 and PH2 that followed on, some areas are into PH3 two but the volumes are very low.
The Superfast Premises figure takes into account overlaps from Virgin Media and other services but with the ongoing roll-outs by other operators this does have a tendency to reduce our figures, further more detailed analysis on which came first, e.g. cable or VDSL2 cabinet would help but without extra people to sift the data we can only simply point out that in some areas Project Lightning has arrived long after BT will have invoiced for its BDUK work. Additionaly variables impacting things are delivery of new build premises in areas since the BDUK cabinet delivery date.
thinkbroadband analysis of broadband in the BDUK project areas
Analysis based on coverage as of 11th June 2018
|Area||% fibre based|
24 Mbps or faster
30 Mbps or faster
100 Mbps or faster
% Below USO
10 Mbps download
1 Mbps upload
|Superfast Premises attributed to BDUK funding|
|PH1 BLACK COUNTRY||99.61||99.48||99.46||83.75||0.66||0.85||0.2||17959|
|PH1 CDS (DEVON & SOMERSET)||99.95||88.23||87.04||7.01||3.53||4.54||5.3||293255|
|PH1 EAST RIDING YORKSHIRE||99.97||93.57||93.18||1.37||1.37||1.37||4.1||53273|
|PH1 EAST SUSSEX||100||91.46||90.17||10.73||7.14||7.14||3.6||56861|
|PH1 HEREFORD & GLOUCESTERSHIRE||98.45||90.63||89.81||18.99||12.19||17.74||5.1||122477|
|PH1 HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS||99.16||84.83||83.21||0.3||0.3||0.3||9.4||140734|
|PH1 ISLE OF WIGHT||99.8||92.55||91.37||8.64||0.69||0.69||3.7||15981|
|PH1 NORTHERN IRELAND||99.48||61.95||58.49||10.61||10.43||10.43||23.6||22018|
|PH1 NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE||100||95.01||94.59||36.3||0.28||0.28||3||23795|
|PH1 NORTH YORKS||100||91.15||90.25||15.26||9.19||11.57||6||147736|
|PH1 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT (NOT HIE)||99.52||93.89||93.46||31.35||1.03||1.62||4||480538|
|PH1 SOUTH YORKSHIRE||97.12||96.36||96.13||43.07||1.93||2.17||1.8||62688|
|PH1 WEST SUSSEX||99.88||89.52||88.57||19.42||8.53||8.57||5.1||49913|
|PH1 WEST YORKS||99.97||96.41||95.57||37.52||1.28||1.56||1.2||52811|
|PH2 NORTH YORKS||100||92.68||92.68||0||0||0||7.3||37|
|PH2 EAST RIDING YORKSHIRE||99.05||87.72||87.34||0||0||0||9.5||6306|
|PH2 EAST SUSSEX||100||93.95||93.66||0||0||0||2.1||4843|
|PH2 NORTHERN IRELAND||96.77||88.55||87.38||21.53||15.61||15.61||7||32971|
|PH2 NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE||97.98||96.66||96.61||78.87||0||0||1.8||3534|
|PH2 SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE||99.34||97.55||96.98||73.99||0.38||1.51||1.2||2311|
|PH2 TELFORD AND WREKIN||99.18||95.22||94.72||48.37||1.36||1.52||2.9||6802|
|PH2 WEST SUSSEX||96.85||84.96||82.54||13.5||7.46||7.46||8||4363|
|PH2 WEST YORKSHIRE||94.72||93.13||92.77||59.51||0.79||1.68||1.8||19378|
The reasoning in publishing this massive dataset today is the news item on ISPreview talking about a shortfall in delivery for around 20 council areas.
The BDUK contracts are perhaps one of the only national and local government procurement projects where we have people arguing over how to spend the savings and money recycled due to the take-up levels.
The roll-outs have not stopped we are still picking up additional cabinets and FTTP clusters across the UK every week, but we believe that with Openreach (thus BT) shifting towards a Fibre First policy there is a lot shifting around of staff and re-skilling leading to a significant drop off in activity. Combine this fibre shift with the reality that we have seen the size of VDSL2 cabinet footprints drop from the heights of several hundred premises in the commercial roll-out to sometimes covering just 40 or 50 premises and it is getting harder to keep rolling out.
The BDUK contracts have been regularly attacked for the lack of full fibre in the early roll-outs and going to the easy areas first, but if 2018 is an indication of the pace Openreach is able to manage when working with a much higher proportion of full fibre and in the more dispersed areas then an outside in approach would almost certainly have led to every coverage target date being missed. Gigaclear does feature in the areas where they have a BDUK contract and there are increasing questions from the public over how long for their full fibre roll-outs to reach them, this is nothing new since the same has applied to Openreach for years, i.e. the big announcements tend to get the public excited but the silence that follows from councils on what is happening worries people as in plans have changed or things are seriously delayed.
Since the coverage figures are not likely to change between now and when we have the Q2 speed test results, in July the plan now is to report the above table but with a clear focus on what we are seeing in terms of broadband speeds from the public.