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6 in 10 new premises in 2018 now have full fibre available to them

The tracking of the state of play for new premises continues and with ONS set to release the Nov, Dec 18 and Jan 19 postcode allocations in the next few weeks it is time to share the figures of what we have found so far. The overall story is best summarised by the following simple chart, which shows that over the last six years the availability of full fibre in new build has increased substantially, but there is a worrying trend for 10 to 12% to only have access to broadband at speeds below 30 Mbps i.e. not superfast.

Superfast broadband and full fibre coverage in new build homes since 2012
The changing pattern of superfast and full fibre roll-outs for new build premises from 2012 to 2018 in the United Kingdom.

Beyond the frustration for those who make the mistake of moving to a new property with less than ideal broadband, the reality that the UK is adding around 16,000 to 18,000 premises each year to the number that will need help to reach superfast speeds is watering down the efforts of councils and government. This also has implications for the broadband USO since while a small number who don't get superfast speeds do meet the USO specification, in 2018 alone new homes have added some 12,700 premises to the number who may be seeking USO support once it launches in 2020.

We did consider doing a shorter version of the coverage table, but to give people some idea of the variations that can exist across the UK we have retained the longer version. The 2017 (and 2016 figures when shown) are not static and this is down to several factors, postcodes can be introduced some time before premises that people can move into appear, roll-out of services may not have happened when we first checked a postcode but subsequent quarterly updates spot the change or we see a suprisingly faster than expected speed test and finally on some estates there is retro-fit via residents clubbing together or a developer realising that to sell remaining stock with a good profit margin superfast broadband is expected.

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
% Overlap between Openreach and another FTTP operator% Under 2 Mbps download% Below USO
10 Mbps download
1 Mbps upload
Includes ADSL2+
UK 2018
124,116 premises
90.7% 88.5% 64.2% 61.6%
52.6%
6.7% 0.6% 10.3%
UK 2017
151,871 premises
90.2% 88.8% 46.9% 40.8%
30.1%
5.4% 0.3% 10.2%
UK 2016
175,350 premises
89.8% 88.5% 40.4% 31.3%
19.2%
3.7% 0.2% 10.5%
East of England 2018
10,814 premises
92.5% 90.3% 64% 62%
 48.9%
0.18% 1.1% 8.8%
East of England 2017
12,751 premises
92.2% 89.4% 43.1% 36.5%
24.4%
0% 0.6% 9.1%
East Midlands 2018
3,034 premises
91.1% 87.3% 60.1% 57.2%
 51.9%
0.8% 0.8% 11.2%
East Midlands 2017
3,606 premises
88.5% 87.4% 41.9% 24.1%
18.3%
0% 0.1% 11.6%
London 2018
26,084 premises
91.7% 90.7% 77.1% 73.8%
58.6%
27.7% 0.1% 8.5%
London 2017
29,983 premises
94.2% 93.9% 67.9% 63.1%
43.1%
22% 0% 5.8%
North East 2018
4,886 premises
78.6% 76.2% 46.2% 44.4%
42%
0.3% 0.4% 22.3%
North East 2017
5,991 premises
79% 77.8% 28% 23.4%
 16.1%
0.2% 0% 21%
North West 2018
12,126 premises
90.2% 88% 53.6% 52.3%
 47%
0.7% 0.5% 10.9%
North West 2017
16,978 premises
92.9% 91.2% 36.5% 28.6%
21.9%
2.2% 0.3% 7.7%
Northern Ireland 2018
2,182 premises
99.5% 92.8% 68.6% 68.5%
 68.2%
0% 2.1% 3.6%
Northern Ireland 2017
3,123 premises
99.6% 93.9% 50.3% 45.4%
 44.6%
0% 2.1% 2.7%
Scotland 2018
9,725 premises
87.4% 83% 65.6% 61.9%
 61.1%
0.7% 1.2% 15.1%
Scotland 2017
11,949 premises
92% 90.3% 42.5% 36.7%
33.6%
0.8% 0.4% 8.4%
South East 2018
13,635 premises
95.7% 94.7% 71.1% 68.8%
51.1%
3.8% 0.1% 4.5%
South East 2017
14,579 premises
92.9% 91.9% 52.7% 45.6%
30.8%
2.9% 0.3% 7.5%
South West 2018
14,189 premises
89.7% 87.5% 59.1% 57.5%
 50%
0.6% 0.5% 11.4%
South West 2017
19,019 premises
89.6% 88.4% 45.2% 40.6%
29.4%
0.3% 0.4% 10.9%
Wales 2018
4,302 premises
94.6% 92.9% 73.6% 65.5%
 62.3%
0% 0.9% 6.4%
Wales 2017
3,379 premises
90.1% 88.9% 44.8% 40.5%
37.4%
0% 0% 9.9%
West Midlands 2018
12,944 premises
89.9% 88.1% 60.2% 57.6%
 52.9%
0.9% 1.1% 11.3%
West Midlands 2017
18,466 premises
84.1% 82.9% 40.1% 33.1%
25.6%
2% 0.5% 16.5%
Yorkshire and Humber 2018
10,195 premises
87.6% 84% 51.1% 48.7%
43.3%
1.1% 0.5% 13.4%
Yorkshire and Humber 2017
12,047 premises
83.4% 81.5% 34.2% 29.5%
23.8%
2.7% 0.2% 16.8%

For any media outlets interested in the longer term trend i.e. since 2012 in their region or council area please get in touch and we will share the figures for the individual years.

For those wondering why the UK 2018 figures are so much lower than 2017 and 2016, there are two more months of new premises to be added still i.e. November and December which we will be doing once the next data set from ONS appears.

With a number of cities and exchanges set to see widespread roll-outs of full fibre from operators such as Vodafone and Openreach we may may see the full fibre figures for older years such as 2012 start to rise.

Due to our use of the ONS postcode data set and its introduction date the overall number of premises may not match official figures for any particular year, but our tracking is not about the absolute number of premises built but looking at the trend over time with regards to the broadband availability.

We expect the full fibre trend to continue its upward climb and this is due to numerous changes in how infrastructure operators offer FTTP to developers. Whether changes such as lowering costs where they need to paid and offering FTTP by default on smaller estates will make a big difference to the overall superfast figure is difficult to know and for decisions made in 2018 it may not be until 2020 that we see the premises available to move into and thus appear in our data.

Comments

It would be interesting to name and shame any developers responsible for significant numbers of new premises not covered by superfast or better broadband. A surcharge on them to contribute towards USO costs would focus minds.

  • New_Londoner
  • 3 months ago

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