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September 2018 update on broadband coverage levels across the UK, nations and regions

The big news this month is that the level of Fibre to the Premises coverage has jumped by 0.19% which is a big advance on the usual 0.03% to 0.05% monthly change that we see, and ultrafast coverage has jumped even more by 0.5% to reach 54.7% of premises in the UK .

So who is behind the changes? The bulk of the ultrafast is the mixture of RFOG and traditional coax from Virgin Media and in the FTTP arena the start of what is probably going to be a pattern repeating across the UK is the delivery of full fibre from BT Group to VDSL2 areas in Bangor, Newtownards, Lisburn and Limavady. Also don't forget the impact of the Openreach G.fast roll-out which while overlapping a lot with the Virgin Media cable footprint does not have a total overlap. Finally there is the long tail of other FTTP operators who are continuing their roll-outs.

To reach 50% FTTP coverage by 2025 needs another step change or two in the amount delivered each month, but some of this is hidden within the Virgin Media figures and we will be adding the Virgin Media FTTP/RFOG to our FTTP figures during September.

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 September 2018
(change since 7th August 2018)
Area% full and part fibre based
i.e. 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% 97.2% (=) 97.0% 53.9% (+0.2)

0.72% (+0.02)

0.30% (+0.02)

0.2% 2.1%
945,618 Premises 928,839 919,444 917,628 509,759

6,853

2,881

2,043 20,262
East Midlands 98.9% 97.2% (+0.1) 96.9% 60.3% (+0.5)

1.42% (+0.09)

0.61% (0.09)

0.4% 1.9%
1,121,802 Premises 1,108,993 1,090,540 1,087,370 676,650

15,953

6,883

4,233 21,035
London 97.9% 97.1% (=) 97% 72.9% (+0.4)

7.33% (+0.10)

2.77% (+0.10)

0.1% 2.4%
4,522,138 Premises 4,427,041 4,392,251 4,385,481 3,296,291

331,383

125,465

5,173 107,696
South East 98.7% 97.1% (+0.1) 96.8% 54.3% (+1.0)

3.17% (+0.09)

1.70% (+0.10)

0.3% 1.9%
2,200,711 Premises 2,172,994 2,136,935 2,129,996 1,194,964

69.864

37,311

5,852 41,522
West Midlands 98.2% 96.6% (+0.1) 96.4% 65.5% (+0.3)

1.62% (+0.05)

0.79% (+0.05)

0.3% 2.5%
2,824,224 Premises 2,772,628 2,728,048 2,721,757 1,851,375

45,811

22,261

8,551 71,110
North West 98.4% 96.4% (+0.1) 96.1% 50.4% (+0.5)

2.46% (+0.10)

1.52% (+0.11)

0.6% 2.6%
3,960,919 Premises 3,898,739 3,816,876 3,805,360 1,998,050

97,616

60,012

23,582 104,776
England 97.9% 95.9% (+0.1) 95.6% 57.5% (+0.5)

4.33% (+0.14)

2.58% (+0.14)

0.4% 2.9%
24,409,882 Premises 23,905,145 23,420,691 23,347,523 14,043,392

1,056,967

629,326

107,348 715,356
Great Britain 97.8% 95.7% (+0.1) 95.4% 55.2% (+0.5)

4.07% (+0.13)

2.51% (+0.14)

0.5% 3.2%
28,457,665 Premises 27,839,620 27,226,454 27,138,128 15,715,082

1,158,819

713,724

151,492 905,084
United Kingdom 97.9% 95.5% (+0.1) 95.1% 54.7% (+0.5)

4.06% (+0.19)

2.54% (+0.19)

0.6% 3.3%
29,237,735 Premises 28,612,666 27,911,536 27,816,407 15,998,799

1,188,453

743,358

188,333 966,851
East of England 97.6% 95.9% (+0.1) 94.5% 52.3% (+0.4)

1.85% (+0.08)

1.09% (+0.07)

0.6% 3.6%
2,654,855 Premises 2,591,984 2,520,698 2,509,601 1,387,461

49,081

28,927

16,888 95,898
Yorkshire and Humber 96.8% 95.1% (+0.3) 94.8% 56.3% (+0.7)

7.90% (+0.10)

6.91% (+0.10)(includes KCom Lightstream)

0.5% 4%
2,600,803 Premises 2,518,623 2,471,944 2,465,190 1,464,214

205,356

179,621

13,382 104,874
Wales 97.5% 94.7% (=) 94.3% 34% (+0.4)

5.07% (+0.20)

4.77% (+0.20)

0.8% 3.8%
1,401,434 Premises 1,366,724 1,327,680 1,322,018 476,502

71,036

66,869

10,950 53,864
Scotland 97% 93.6% (+0.1) 93.3% 45.2% (+0.7)

1.16% (+0.05)

0.66% (+0.05)

1.3% 5.1%
2,646,349 Premises 2,567,751 2,478,083 2,468,587 1,195,188

30,816

17,529

33,194 135,864
South West 97.4% 93.4% (+0.1) 92.9% 46.5% (+0.5)

6.57% (+0.47)

4.64% (+0.47)

0.8% 4.1%
3,578,812 Premises 3,485,304 3,343,955 3,325,140 1,664,628

235,050

165,965

27,644 148,183
Northern Ireland 99.1% 87.8% (+0.1) 86.9% 36.4% (+1.5)

3.8% (+2.19)

3.8% (+2.19)

4.7% 8.3%
780,070 Premises 773,046 685,082 678,279 283,717

29,634

29,634

36,841 64,456

Northern Ireland is the stand out region, as its BT GEA-FTTP coverage has jumped by a full 2.19% to reach 29,634 premises and the roll-outs still seem to be ongoing, almost 1 in 5 premises in the Ards and North Down area (19.13%) now have FTTP available. This region is the first area of the UK where GEA-FTTP has overlaid the existing VDSL2 network in large volumes and where people are able to get superfast speeds (there is a small amount across the rest of the UK, but not on the same scale) so in terms of take-up of the faster FTTP options it will be very interesting to observe what happens. The urban FTTP areas in Northern Ireland often overlap with recent deployments from Virgin Media by Project Lightning, so there will be stiff competition.

The G.fast roll-out has continued to increase its footprint to reach 719,001 premises and when you this combine with the Openreach GEA-FTTP footprint  Openreach now has a 1,304,644 premises ultrafast footprint. Virgin Media is set to remain the dominant ultrafast broadband provider in the UK for many years with its 14.9 million premises passed, especially with Project Lightning expanding the footprint daily.

The City of Kingston Upon Hull remains the best local authority for full fibre coverage at 81.96% followed by East Riding of Yorkshire at 37.79% courtesy of the KCom Lightstream roll-out.

Comments

Sorry but my poor brain can't remember the headings as I scroll down the page. Is it possible for the column headings to remain on view, or for them to be repeated two or three times as I scroll down the page?

  • 961a
  • 15 days ago

Not easily, table can be shorter if we dropped the premises figures and breaking out the Openreach/KC FTTP figures, but as in the past others have asked for those its who do you please battle.

Had hoped to drop the 24 Mbps column and USC columns by now, but both are still very relevant.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 15 days ago

Add the following styling and js to the header - https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_sticky_header.asp

  • camieabz
  • 15 days ago

It would be interesting to see the percentage change in the USO & USC

  • nobroadband
  • 14 days ago

The USC column is invariably = to 1 decimal place and in some cases the premises count goes marginally up.

The USO column will show drops now and then, but also increases especially when the cycle of new builds being added to the total happens.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 13 days ago

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