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July 2018 update on state of broadband coverage across the UK, nations and regions

The deadline of half the UK having access to full fibre in 2025 seems a long way away and while FTTP roll-outs are continuing we have not yet seen the sort of increase that will be needed. What we are seeing though is that the Virgin Media Project Lightning roll-out is delivering in good volumes now, so if you take a technology agnostic view then the UK should drag itself on the Ultrafast broadband comparison charts.

June saw the release of the latest set of postcodes from ONS and while the work to resolve all the changes is still on-going of the 32,500 premises we have identified as part of postcodes introduced in 2018 only 79.5% are getting superfast broadband access, full fibre is a lot more prevalent in new build at 45.5% (34.9% in 2017 and 27.2% in 2016) but still a long way to go. Therefore we can expect more bad news stories about people buying a new home to discover it only has a slow broadband option for sometime yet.

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 7th July 2018
(change since 7th 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
%
Full Fibre
and
Openreach FTTP
% Under 2 Mbps download

% Below USO

10 Mbps download

1 Mbps upload

North East 98.2% 97.1% (-0.1) 97.0% 53.7% (+0.4)

0.67% (0.04)

0.25% (0.03)

0.2% 2.2%
944,561 Premises 927,277 917,593 915,770 506,875

6,310

2,338

2,050 20,812
East Midlands 98.8% 97.1% (=) 96.8% 59.6% (+0.7)

1.28% (0.02)

0.47% (0.02)

0.4% 2.0%
1,117,936 Premises 1,104,437 1,084,969 1,081,752 666,634

14,279

5,290

4,641 22,172
London 97.8% 97% (=) 96.9% 72.3% (+0.3)

7.18% (+0.11)

2.65% (+0.02)

0.1% 2.5%
4,509,546 Premises 4,410,740 4,375,788 4,369,290 3,259,199

323,928

119,650

5,268 111,618
South East 98.7% 97% (+0.1) 96.7% 53.3% (+0.6)

3.06% (+0.05)

1.58% (+0.04)

0.3% 2.0%
2,186,710 Premises 2,157,576 2,121,215 2,114,382 1,166,415

66,936

34,519

6,108 43,136
West Midlands 98.1% 96.5% (+0.1) 96.3% 65% (+0.2)

1.53% (+0.04)

0.70% (+0.04)

0.3% 2.6%
2,818,173 Premises 2,764,857 2,719,393 2,712,875 1,832,556

42,994

19,642

8,940 73,503
North West 98.3% 96.3% (+0.1) 96% 49.8% (+0.4)

2.31% (+0.02)

1.39% (+0.02)

0.6% 2.8%
3,948,645 Premises 3,882,391 3,800,594 3,789,187 1,965,401

91,299

54,805

23,808 109,092
England 97.8% 95.8% (+0.1) 95.5% 56.9% (+0.3)

4.14% (+0.07)

2.40% (+0.05)

0.5% 3.1%
24,322,769 Premises 23,785,324 23,297,295 23,224,616 13,840,161

1,006,513

583,003

110,367 751,471
Great Britain 97.7% 95.5% (=) 95.2% 54.5% (+0.2)

3.89% (+0.07)

2.33% (+0.04)

0.5% 3.3%
28,359,997 Premises 27,698,832 27,086,257 26,999,816 15,468,188

1,101,870

661,573

153,397 948,834
United Kingdom 97.7% 95.3% (=) 95% 54% (+0.3)

3.82% (+0.06)

2.31% (+0.04)

0.7% 3.5%
29,138,268 Premises 28,468,745 27,767,868 27,673,508 15,739,025

1,114,384

674,087

190,322 1,012,047
Wales 97.4% 94.6% (=) 94.2% 33.4% (+0.1)

4.81% (+0.03)

4.52% (+0.04)

0.8% 3.9%
1,396,501 Premises 1,360,486 1,321,588 1,315,897 466,793

67,154

63,057

11,091 55,114
East of England 97.2% 94.5% (+0.1) 94.1% 51.7% (=)

1.68% (+0.04)

0.93% (+0.02)

0.7% 4.1%
2,644,321 Premises 2,570,077 2,498,373 2,487,387 1,367,797

44,463

24,707

17,337 107,944
Yorkshire and Humber 96.6% 94.7% (+0.3) 94.5% 55.5% (+0.5)

7.72% (+0.19)

6.73% (+0.19)(includes KCom Lightstream)

0.5% 4.4%
2,594,200 Premises 2,504,769 2,457,093 2,450,444 1,438,887

200,183

174,553

14,072 112,953
Scotland 96.7% 93.4% (-0.3) 93.1% 44% (+0.1)

1.07% (+0.04)

0.59% (+0.04)

1.2% 5.4%
2,640,727 Premises 2,553,022 2,467,374 2,458,303 1,161,234

28,203

15,513

31,939 142,249
South West 97.2% 93.2% (=) 92.7% 45.9% (+0.2)

6.03% (+0.04)

4.11% (+0.04)

0.8% 4.4%
3,555,716 Premises 3,455,272 3,314,032 3,295,395 1,631,175

214,434

146,049

28,209 155,374
Northern Ireland 98.9% 87.6% (+0.1) 86.7% 34.8% (+2.2)

1.61% (+0.07)

1.61% (+0.07)

4.7% 8.4%
778,271 Premises 769,913 681,611 674,692 270,837

12,514

12,514

36,925 65,543

The impact of the new postcodes is such that without them we would have seen a 0.1% increase in superfast coverage across the UK as a whole, but there was a small increase in the superfast coverage just not visible when showing the figures to 1 decimal place.

Scotland and its 0.3% drop jumps out compared to the other regions of the UK and this is down to a mixture of reasons such as the new build activity and also while resolving the new Virgin Media areas we also revisited some other areas of Scotland that had not been looked at for a long while and found they did not have Virgin Media coverage when our system though they did. The Highlands and Islands and Rest of Scotland figures have been dropped from this table as the existing contracts and roll-out come to an end with the added advantage of making the table shorter and a little clearer. If it is possible we hope to track the three R100 areas for Scotland and similar in Wales once those new contracts are signed.

New areas are appearing on the Openreach FTTP footprint (519,000 premises) but the pace is not increasing significantly yet the area we have seen increase a lot in the last month is G.fast where we have 373,000 premises in our systems an increase of 200,000 premises in the last month.

Comments

please can you tell me how are these figures arrived at as I wonder hom many people are in a similar situation to ourselves.

We have an fttc connection to a cabinet approx 1km down the road this I believe means we get categorised as superfast 24 Mbps or faster when in fact we can acheive approx 4mbs down and <1mbps up.

I have tried complaining to TalkTalk but am told that as 4mbps is above our guaranteed 2mbps then there is nothing to be done.

How many more subscribers are in this position I wonder?

Regards
Mark

  • markatpalms
  • 5 months ago

1km and 4 Mbps from VDSL2 sounds like the distance estimate is wrong or line is massively under performing. Sounds more like an ADSL2+ service you are on though, unless the distance is more like 2km to the cabinet.

The gap between the fibre figure (1st column) and superfast column will show you how many in each region fall into this category.

https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local has a few more notes on how we get our figures, plus a search so you can see what we see for your postcode.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 5 months ago

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