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February 2019 update on broadband coverage levels across the UK, nations and regions

The amount of VDSL2 we are seeing being deployed is continuing to slow down and many BDUK projects are now deploying full fibre either as infill on the slow fringes of VDSL2 areas or skipping the cabinet based solution totally and jumping from ADSL to FTTP.

The other big change this month is the amount of FTTP we have found that has been deployed by Openreach on 7th January we had 654,357 premises in our records and that has risen now to 751,603 premises. The large increase in full fibre is just shy of 100,000 premises and is our largest monthly change since we have been tracking the figures, half the jump is due to finding lots more urban FTTP in Northern Ireland plus  several Fibre First exchange areas seeing their FTTP element go live, therefore whether we will see a similar jump next month depends on whether more Fibre First exchange areas go live in the next few weeks.

For those tracking the ambition to reach 97% to 98% superfast broadband coverage and therefore reducing the amoutn of premises the Universal Service Obligation will need to help, we currently expect to reach 97% superfast coverage between March 2020 and June 2020, the harder to reach 98% figure is not expected until some date between February 2021 to September 2021. These projections will depend on what happens with things like the phase two Superfast Cymru project, Gigaclear BDUK and the Scottish R100 roll-outs, though given the R100 project has yet to sign any contracts any effects from that are at least a year away.

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 February 2019
(change since 7th January 2019)
Area% full and partial fibre based
i.e. VDSL2, G.fast or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
FTTP, cable, G.fast
%
Full Fibre All Providers
 
Openreach and KCOM FTTP
% Under 2 Mbps download% Below USO
10 Mbps download
1 Mbps upload
ADSL2+ does not count as USO compliant
North East 98.4% 97.5% (=) 97.3% 54.6% (+0.1) 1.31% (+0.07)
0.43% (+0.02)
0.2% 1.9%
956,897 Premises 941,879 932,595 930,696 522,844 12,496
 4,160
1,998 18,524
East Midlands 99% 97.4% (=) 97.1% 61.8% (+0.1) 3.22% (+0.05)
0.90% (0.05)
0.3% 1.7%
1,141,457 Premises 1,130,082 1,112,085 1,108,284 704,897 36,801 10,296 3,894 19,030
South East 98.9% 97.3% (=) 96.9% 56.6% (+0.2) 4.78% (+0.18)
1.87% (+0.03)
0.3% 1.7%
2,235,594 Premises 2,211,910 2,175,045 2,167,044 1,265,637 106,923
 41,725
5,697 37,054
London 97.9% 97.1% (=) 97% 74.1% (+0.2) 9.14% (+0.14)
2.98% (+0.04)
0.1% 2.3%
4,602,769 Premises 4,507,174 4,471,662 4,464,256 3,410,787 420,759
137,087
4,506 107,426
West Midlands 98.5% 97% (+0.1) 96.8% 66.8% (+0.1) 2.80% (+0.12)
 1.05% (+0.09)
0.3% 2.2%
2,873,314 Premises 2,829,698 2,787,727 2,781,541 1,918,674 80,383
 30,062
8,133 61,950
North West 98.6% 96.7% (+0.1) 96.4% 52.2% (+0.2) 3.58% (+0.45)
 2.06% (+0.44)
0.5% 2.4%
4,024,938 Premises 3,968,239 3,891,244 3,879,215 2,101,664 144,254
 82,782
21,335 95,373
England 98.2% 96.3% (=) 96.0% 59.1% (+0.2) 5.81% (+0.19)
2.95% (+0.14)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.6%
24,819,184 Premises 24,367,337 23,913,162 23,835,902 14,661,294 1,442,532
 731,998
98,459 649,393
Great Britain 98.1% 96% (=) 95.7% 56.8% (+0.2) 5.61% (+0.23)
2.9% (+0.17)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 2.9%
28,934,774 Premises 28,375,183 27,789,787 27,696,288 16,423,950 1,622,681
 839,207
142,715 834,310
United Kingdom 98.1% 95.9% (+0.1) 95.5% 56.4% (+0.3) 5.84% (+0.37)
 3.13% (+0.33)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.6% 3%
29,742,891 Premises 29,176,825 28,510,102 28,410,043 16,773,450 1,738,422
 929,560
177,053 890,890
Yorkshire and Humber 97.4% 95.7% (+0.1) 95.4% 58.4% (+0.1) 10.41% (+0.05)
7.71% (+0.04)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 3.4%
2,649,478 Premises 2,581,072 2,534,796 2,527,359 1,545,878 275,905
 204,289
12,689 90,230
East of England 98.1% 95.5% (+0.1) 95% 53.4% (+0.1) 3.08% (+0.16)
1.40% (+0.07)
0.5% 3%
2,698,310 Premises 2,647,471 2,575,738 2,562,839 1,441,353 84,011
 37,844
13,945 79,876
Wales 97.7% 95% (=) 94.6% 36.3% (+0.3) 6.63% (+0.51)
 5.53% (+0.58)
0.8% 3.7%
1,425,506 Premises 1,392,685 1,353,659 1,347,909 517,783 94,522
 78,787
11,119 52,075
Scotland 97.2% 93.8% (+0.1) 93.4% 46/3% (+0.3) 3.18% (+0.38)
 1.06% (+0.24)
1.2% 4.9%
2,690,084 Premises 2,615,161 2,522,966 2,512,477 1,244,873 85,627
 28,422
33,137 132,842
South West 97.6% 94.4% (+0.1) 93.9% 48.1% (+0.1) 7.75% (+0.26)
 5.05% (+0.19)
0.7% 3.8%
3,636,427 Premises 3,549,812 3,432,270 3,414,668 1,749,560 282,000
183,753
26,262 139,930
Northern Ireland 99.2% 89.1% (+0.6) 88.3% 43.3% (+4.0) 14.32% (+5.65)
 11.18% (+5.88)
4.2% 7.3%
808,117 Premises 801,642 720,315 713,755 349,500 115,741
 90,353
34,338 58,697

For those tracking the Openreach specific figures, the level of superfast coverage (30 Mbps and faster) from Openreach is at 90.4% (26,883,272 premises) and once you add the sub superfast due to the distance issues with VDSL2 the 'fibre' at any speed rises to 93.3%. So the fact the UK is pushing a 95.5% superfast figure is down to the wide mixture of providers serving the United Kingdom.

On the Openreach ultrafast coverage level, we now have two exchanges (Whitchurch in Cardiff and Corstorphine in Edinburgh) with a widespread overlap between G.fast and FTTP and our count of the overlap is 2,791 premises, therefore when you combine the G.fast and FTTP footprints we get an ultrafast footprint of 2,187,409.

The wildcard in all the projections is what happens with new build premises and our updates to the 2018 data continues and for new postcodes introduced in between Jan 2018 and Oct 2018 we currently see 88.1% with access to superfast (30 Mbps and faster), the success story though is that 60.7% of what we have found for 2018 is using Fibre to the Premises. The reality that new builds are delivering worse superfast coverage than older properties goes a long way to explaining why the superfast and USO figures in some regions is relatively static, i.e. the smaller phase two BDUK roll-outs are sometimes counter balanced by the new homes appearing with just ADSL/ADSL2+ options.

Comments

Andrew
The FTTP figures quoted don't seem to align. OR FTTP in the text is up to 751,603.
In the Table England is at 731,998, GB at 839,207 and the UK at 929,560.

Which area does the 751,603 relate to, I thought you meant UK as you talk about the increase in NI?

Thanks

  • jumpmum
  • 3 months ago

All down to the other incumbent operator KCOM, have added extra notes to the table.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

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