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Latest broadband stats for new build premises across UK

We last published our analysis of broadband availability in new premises almost two months ago and so with the new postcodes for Aug, Sept and Oct due to be released any day by the Office for National Statistics we are providing an update so that we can judge if the shift from FTTC to FTTP does continue when the latest three months are added.

The headline is that as 2018 has gone on the superfast gap which was 81.4% in the early part of 2018 had decreased to 84.6% in October and has continued to shrink and is now 87.3%. The level of full fibre availability continues to rise too, from 54.78% in October to 56.94% in the latest figures.

The figures do change even though we have not added any new postcodes to the system, as broadband services can sometimes appear after the first properties appear in a new postcode, also some areas may have increased the number of premises. This explains why even the 2017 figures do change slightly still.

thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Full Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and English regions for new build premises - figures 4th December 2018
Area% fibre based
VDSL2 or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
FTTP,cable,G.fast
%
Full Fibre
and
Openreach FTTP
% Openreach and another FTTP in same location% Under 2 Mbps download% Below USO
10 Mbps download
1 Mbps upload
Includes ADSL2+
UK 2018
84,590 premises
89.2% 87.3% 59.8% 56.94%
50.07%
5.22% 0.5% 11.6%
UK 2017
150,043 premises
89.5% 87.9% 45.5% 39.60%
29.65%
5.44% 0.4% 11.1%
UK 2016
174,281 premises
89.3% 87.9% 39.2% 30.15%
18.76%
3.66% 0.3% 11.1
East of England 2018
7,576 premises
92.9% 90.7% 59.1% 56.77%
50.54%
0.26% 1.2% 8.5%
East of England 2017
12,431 premises
92.2% 89.5% 42.1% 35.67%
24.38%
0% 0.5% 9.2%
East Midlands 2018
1,990 premises
88.7% 86% 51.2% 50.45%
47.64%
0% 0.2% 12.8%
East Midlands 2017
3,602 premises
88.5% 86.8% 41.2% 24.15%
18.3%
0% 0.7% 12.2%
London 2018
17,084 premises
90.2% 89.5% 71.1% 67.11%
54.10%
23.61% 0.1% 9.8%
London 2017
29,706 premises
93.8% 93.3% 66.8% 62.24%
43.68%
22.38% 0.2% 6.5%
North East 2018
3,356 premises
81.1% 79.4% 49.8% 48.00%
44.58%
0.36% 0% 19.1%
North East 2017
5,945 premises
77.1% 75.8% 26.6% 21.95%
14.65%
0.2% 0% 22.9%
North West 2018
8,036 premises
88.1% 86% 48.6% 47.40%
47.40%
0.31% 0.9% 13.2%
North West 2017
16,824 premises
91.7% 90.2% 35.6% 28.26%
21.49%
1.92% 0.3% 8.9%
Northern Ireland 2018
1,025 premises
98.9% 86.2% 49.8% 49.46%
48.88%
0% 3% 6.4%
Northern Ireland 2017
2,650 premises
97.1% 88% 28.2% 22.23%
21.28%
0% 3.5% 6.7%
Scotland 2018
7,135 premises
86.3% 83.4% 63.6% 58.61%
57.69%
0.38% 0.6% 14.8%
Scotland 2017
11,947 premises
91.2% 89.4% 41.1% 35.33%
33.38%
0.73% 0.4% 9.5%
South East 2018
8,917 premises
94% 92.7% 66.6% 64.72%
51.30%
2.02% 0.2% 6.2%
South East 2017
14,296 premises
92.2% 91.1% 51.1% 44.08%
31.41%
2.97% 0.3% 8.2%
South West 2018
10,077 premises
88.7% 86.6% 57.3% 55.83%
47.79%
0% 0.4% 12.2%
South West 2017
18,948 premises
88.6% 87.3% 44.7% 40.43%
29.43%
0.28% 0.4% 12%
Wales 2018
3,118 premises
92.1% 90.6% 69.9% 58.95%
56.16%
0% 0.5% 8.4%
Wales 2017
3,316 premises
87.5% 86.3% 41.3% 36.97%
35.74%
0% 0% 12.5%
West Midlands 2018
8,996 premises
87.7% 85.9% 55% 52.79%
48.53%
1.04% 0.8% 13.1%
West Midlands 2017
18,348 premises
83.9% 82.7% 39.7% 32.91%
25.46%
1.52% 0.6% 16.7%
Yorkshire and Humber 2018
7,280 premises
84.9% 82.4% 47% 45.38%
39.96%
0.34% 0.5% 16.2%
Yorkshire and Humber 2017
12,030 premises
82.9% 80.9% 34.2% 29.47%
23.75%
2.74% 0.2% 17.4%

With new build premises still lagging behind in terms of superfast coverage compared to the older housing stock there is the continued risk that new build homes are going to make hitting a 97% or 98% superfast target by 2020 harder. Our projection for this target as things stand today is a date between January 2020 and December 2020 so given that political 'by 2020' targets usually actually mean by 31st December 2020 things look OK but if another 200,000 homes are built in the next 12 to 15 months and the superfast gap continues this may lengthen into 2021.

The overlap on full fibre i.e. two or FTTP infrastructure providers in the same property is biggest in London and this is down to many new build flats having both Openreach FTTP and Hyperoptic FTTP.

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