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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
VDSL2 or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
%
Openreach FTTP
FTTP
All Operators

% Below USO

10 Mbps download

1 Mbps upload

Superfast Premises attributed to BDUK funding
PH1 BEDFORDSHIRE 99.69 96.32 96.03 17.81 0 0.04 1.9 41909
PH1 BERKSHIRE 99.45 98.33 98.06 49.01 7.02 32.31 0.5 13914
PH1 BLACK COUNTRY 99.61 99.48 99.46 83.75 0.66 0.85 0.2 17959
PH1 BUCKS&HERTS 99.95 94.36 93.57 24.34 1.27 3.75 3.2 48087
PH1 CAMBRIDGESHIRE 99.89 95.39 94.7 37.2 5.82 6.79 2.6 92449
PH1 CDS (DEVON & SOMERSET) 99.95 88.23 87.04 7.01 3.53 4.54 5.3 293255
PH1 CHESHIRE 99.78 92.59 91.73 28.17 8.84 8.84 3.8 74205
PH1 CORNWALL 100 93.26 92.15 35.59 34.07 34.07 3.5 217970
PH1 CSW 100 92.63 91.75 18.51 2.45 2.79 4.2 40900
PH1 CUMBRIA 99.92 92.69 91.89 3.39 2.44 2.92 4.6 107066
PH1 DERBYSHIRE 100 93.75 92.65 6.56 2.02 2.02 3.3 79220
PH1 DORSET 100 94.75 93.98 20.78 2.1 5.23 2.1 63125
PH1 DURHAM 99.8 95.64 94.98 22.91 0.9 1.43 2.3 83646
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 ESSEX 99.8 94.16 93.13 12.02 1.66 2.58 2.7 65614
PH1 GWB 99.97 90.54 89.36 21.96 1.65 1.89 4.2 77140
PH1 HEREFORD & GLOUCESTERSHIRE 98.45 90.63 89.81 18.99 12.19 17.74 5.1 122477
PH1 HAMPSHIRE 99.61 91.78 90.44 22.83 1.26 2.85 4.6 59252
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 KENT 99.94 90.58 89.44 14.87 1.12 2.65 5 119075
PH1 LANCASHIRE 99.93 97.84 97.41 43.86 4.25 5.58 1 123612
PH1 LEICESTER 99.9 95.89 95.11 26.47 0.1 1.33 2.2 48292
PH1 LINCOLNSHIRE 99.94 88.85 87.71 7.1 1.03 1.29 7.7 126496
PH1 LIVERPOOL 99.45 98.98 98.91 69.44 1.14 1.78 0.3 35213
PH1 MANCHESTER 99.67 99.14 98.85 66.43 1.11 1.95 0.3 29535
PH1 NEWCASTLE 100 99.71 99.22 61.13 1.87 2.7 0.1 6814
PH1 NORTHERN IRELAND 99.48 61.95 58.49 10.61 10.43 10.43 23.6 22018
PH1 NORFOLK 100 91.45 90.52 2.2 0.16 0.16 5.2 160413
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 NORTHANTS 100 98.1 97.98 36.31 3.46 8.3 1 49489
PH1 NORTHUMBERLAND 99.94 89.27 87.93 3.83 3.8 3.8 7.3 41641
PH1 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 99.98 96.44 95.98 31.64 1.3 2.19 1.7 45941
PH1 OXFORDSHIRE 99.82 95.33 94.77 29.57 3.41 12.54 2.3 68678
PH1 ROTHBURY 100 93.77 91.39 19.14 19.14 19.14 3.7 1415
PH1 RUTLAND 100 95 93.94 18.3 1.05 18.3 1.5 8129
PH1 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT (NOT HIE) 99.52 93.89 93.46 31.35 1.03 1.62 4 480538
PH1 SHROPSHIRE 100 85.62 84.39 15.01 8.37 8.37 9.4 56913
PH1 SOUTH YORKSHIRE 97.12 96.36 96.13 43.07 1.93 2.17 1.8 62688
PH1 STAFFORDSHIRE 100 92.22 91.23 33.59 1.52 1.52 4.4 65475
PH1 SUFFOLK 100 89.82 88.44 6.09 2.78 2.78 6 89360
PH1 SURREY 99.96 95.28 94.19 48.26 15.34 16.05 1.9 59309
PH1 WALES 99.56 94.48 93.81 14.65 8.38 8.44 3.1 657464
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
PH1 WORCESTERSHIRE 100 90.52 89.37 16.99 2.12 2.35 4.2 47351
PH2 NORTH YORKS 100 92.68 92.68 0 0 0 7.3 37
PH2 BEDFORDSHIRE 96.37 92.89 92.18 58.62 3.05 6.94 3.4 9383
PH2 BUCKS&HERTS 91.76 86.15 85.56 42.78 1.42 2.32 6.1 20923
PH2 CHESHIRE 97.79 82.15 79.86 28.73 13.42 13.42 8.3 6330
PH2 CORNWALL 100 89.48 88.39 3.55 3.12 3.12 4.9 4597
PH2 CSW 92.29 81.23 79.99 11.78 3.75 4.42 10.5 11634
PH2 CUMBRIA 89.65 70.64 69.36 7.39 5.1 7.39 22.5 6701
PH2 DERBYSHIRE 97.35 91.14 90.59 36.19 4.54 4.54 6 6048
PH2 DORSET 99.36 85.14 83.06 0.45 0 0.03 3.3 2650
PH2 DURHAM 96.33 95.96 95.9 60.42 0.26 0.43 1.2 14983
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 ESSEX 83.53 75.8 74.94 18.07 0.51 2.26 8 33663
PH2 HAMPSHIRE 89.55 85.99 85.17 50.96 3.32 3.34 6.5 18936
PH2 KENT 92.07 78.41 76.78 14.04 4.84 5.31 10.3 16286
PH2 LANCASHIRE 95.11 84.82 83 37.76 7.94 15.09 12.3 5356
PH2 LEICESTERSHIRE 96.1 93.77 93.68 59.6 0.3 1.77 2.8 10916
PH2 LINCOLNSHIRE 93.57 82.88 81.55 38.15 0 0 12.1 5076
PH2 NORTHERN IRELAND 96.77 88.55 87.38 21.53 15.61 15.61 7 32971
PH2 NORFOLK 94.82 83.62 82.12 11.83 0.21 0.21 9.8 25246
PH2 NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE 97.98 96.66 96.61 78.87 0 0 1.8 3534
PH2 NORTHANTS 97.55 95.6 95.2 52.38 1.56 5.8 1.7 14193
PH2 NORTHUMBERLAND 89.39 74 72.9 0.98 0.98 0.98 12.4 3019
PH2 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 98.06 93.14 92.35 51.13 2.61 5.82 4.7 6814
PH2 SHROPSHIRE 90.58 73.49 70.6 9.42 0 0 18.1 1530
PH2 SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE 99.34 97.55 96.98 73.99 0.38 1.51 1.2 2311
PH2 STAFFORDSHIRE 99.51 85.41 84.5 15.92 5.38 5.38 7.2 6150
PH2 SUFFOLK 97.53 85.98 84.27 14.71 5.62 5.63 8.3 24254
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
PH2 WILTSHIRE 97 93.75 93.17 52.32 3.87 4.71 1.2 5930
PH2 WORCESTERSHIRE 97.39 82.26 80.24 13.23 1.22 1.63 7.5 8023
PH3 CORNWALL 94.75 94.75 94.75 94.75 94.75 94.75 1.6 1677
PH3 BERKSHIRE 63.52 63.52 63.52 61.17 0 12.47 3.9 657
PH3 ESSEX 65.22 65.22 65.22 47.83 0 0 0 56

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.

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