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March 2019 update on broadband availability across the UK, nations and regions

For a few months now we have been finding a lot of Openreach FTTP, the bulk of this has been on the Fibre First exchanges but areas like new build homes is continuing to see the ratio of VDSL2 to FTTP shift towards the FTTP end as while we are still processing the latest set of new postcodes 2019 is running at around 68% compared to 2018 at 64%. The late phases of the various BDUK projects are also delivering much more FTTP than they did a couple of years ago and in a number of cases the amount of FTTP seen each week is higher than the amount of VDSL2.

The UK superfast coverage figure has increased this month by 0.1% but all the big changes are down in the FTTP and ultrafast columns. The figures for those eligible to request a better broadband connection under the broadband Universal Service Obligation due in 2020 has dropped from 875,616 to 859,784 and would have lower if it was not for the number of new build that appear with only ADSL2+ as their fixed line broadband. Remember our USO figure includes those with ADSL2+ even if able to sync at 21999 Kbps and 1010 Kbps upload, whether the administration of the USO will take a similar view that ADSL2+ does not meet the USO in any form will only be known for certain once the detail of how Ofcom are running the obligation appears later this year.

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 April 2019
(change since 7th March 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 98.5% 97.5% (=) 97.3% 55.0% (-0.1) 1.39% (+0.04)
0.51% (+0.05)
0.2% 1.9%
962.979 Premises 948,234 939,006 936,957 529,930 13,403
 4,913
2,007 18,357
East Midlands 99.1% 97.5% (=) 97.2% 61.8% (=) 3.53% (+0.25)
 1.2% (0.25)
0.3% 1.6%
1,152,032 Premises 1,141,541 1,123,337 1,119,463 711,890

40,708
13,784

3,855 18,113
South East 99% 97.4% (+0.1) 97% 57.1% (+0.1) 5.47% (+0.29)
 2.29% (+0.14)
0.2% 1.6%
2,254,023 Premises 2,231,308 2,194,477 2,186,036 1,287,718 123,393
 51,550
5,605 35,858
London 98% 97.2% (=) 97.1% 74.4% (+0.1) 10.35% (+0.67)
 3.72% (+0.52)
0.1% 2.3%
4,637,085 Premises 4,543,787 4,508,554 4,500,535 3,448,723 480,033
172,342
4,472 105,121
West Midlands 98.6% 97.2% (+0.1) 97% 67.3% (+0.2) 4.08% (+0.60)
 2.23% (+0.59)
0.3% 2%
2,895,539 Premises 2,853,769 2,813,524 2,806,996 1,949,938 118,261
 64,448
7,475 59,227
North West 98.7% 96.8% (+0.1) 96.5% 53.1% (+0.2) 4.77% (+0.54)
 3.18% (+0.49)
0.5% 2.2%
4,057,457 Premises 4,003,651 3,928,865 3,915,998 2,153,436 193,519
 129,186
20,412 91,108
England 98.3% 96.5% (+0.1) 96.2% 59.6% (+0.1) 6.77% (+0.48)
 3.74% (+0.42)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.5%
25,014,769 Premises 24,587,553 24,138,708 24,055,840 14,903,661 1,693,818
 934,436
95,683 621,740
Great Britain 98.2% 96.2% (+0.1) 95.8% 57.2% (+0.1) 6.54% (+0.47)
 3.67% (+0.40)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 2.8%
29,162,219 Premises 28,630,109 28,050,779 27,950,349 16,693,168 1,906,762
 1,068,590
139,360 803,779
United Kingdom 98.2% 96% (+0.1) 95.6% 56.9% (+0.2) 6.89% (+0.59)
 4.01% (+0.53)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.6% 2.9%
29,981,190 Premises 29,443,158 28,782,425 28,675,375 17,052,757 2,064,814
 1,202,285
173,517 859,784
Yorkshire and Humber 97.7% 96% (+0.2) 95.7% 58.9% (+0.1) 11.78% (+0.56)
 9.01% (+0.57)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 3.1%
2,669,146 Premises 2,609,068 2,563,194 2,555,234 1,573,235 314,406
 240,535
12,337 81,724
East of England 98.3% 95.7% (+0.1) 95.2% 53.7% (+0.1) 3.4% (+0.15)
1.48% (+0.03)
0.5% 2.8%
2,719,160 Premises 2,672,042 2,601,672 2,587,183 1,459,762 92,496
 40,349
13,398 75,651
Wales 97.8% 95.1% (+0.1) 94.7% 36.6% (+0.1) 7.5% (+0.36)
 6.22% (+0.25)
0.7% 3.5%
1,436,269 Premises 1,403,973 1,366,326 1,360,079 526,441 107,742
 89,309
10,540 50,910
Scotland 97.3% 93.9% (+0.1) 93.5% 46.6% (+0.2) 3.88% (+0.38)
 1.69% (+0.34)
1.2% 4.8%
2,711,181 Premises 2,638,583 2,545,745 2,534,430 1,263,066 105,202
 45,845
33,137 131,129
South West 97.7% 94.5% (=) 94% 48.8% (+0.2) 8.66% (+0.59)
 5.93% (+0.55)
0.7% 3.7%
3,667,348 Premises 3,584,153 3,466,078 3,447,438 1,789,029 317,599
 217,329
26,122 136,581
Northern Ireland 99.3% 89.3% (+0.1) 88.5% 43.9% (+0.7) 19.3% (+5.01)
 16.2% (+5.05)
4.2% 7.1%
818,971 Premises 813,049 731,646 725,026 359,589 158,052
 132,052
34,157 58,537

Our tracking of what Openreach is delivering only just passed the 1 million FTTP premises mark on 4th April but just 3 days later this is now at 1,017,361 premises and if the pace we have been finding FTTP at in the last 3 months was to continue we could see the Openreach 3 million premises passed target met before 31st December 2020. In the last month we have found 160,925 more premises of Openreach FTTP has been found which works out at 40,000 a week, the last official declared pace from Openreach was 14,000 premises so there is plenty of scope for them announcing an increase in pace once the BT Group financials are published in a few weeks. We would guess at maybe around 20,000 premises per week might be announced, this is not as high as we have been seeing because we have been playing catch-up. The Openreach G.fast footprint is sitting at 1,658,999 premises an increase of 34,518 premises in the last month.

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