Reality check on full fibre broadband availability in new homes
We are likely to be ready to share our latest analysis on new build premises later this week and are just doing some sweeps through our data to check for missing premises and add second operators to some premises.
This short news item exists to highlight some recent statements from Openreach around the amount of full fibre they are deploying in new build premises. ISPreview has covered some comments made to Scottish housebuilders and the statement we concerned with in particular is "Developers building entirely new housing have a great opportunity to be right at the forefront. Many are already on board, with around 87 per cent of new homes in Scotland signing up with us for full fibre. The remainder are split between a superfast service via Fibre to the Cabinet, or copper."
The lay person will read this and think that 87% of new build homes in Scotland have access to full fibre from Openreach currently and Openreach is trying to close the gap to 100%. The key words are signing up i.e. developers will sign up for what they want delivered to a new development perhaps one or two years ahead of people being able to move in.
In addition to this lag there are also developments that may have a lock out and/or be using another developer to deliver broadband via their own full fibre network
The situation in Scotland around full fibre and new builds is improving year on year and our premlinary figures are:
- Scotland Jan 2019 70.2% Full Fibre All Operators, 69.1% Openreach
- Scotland 2018 65.4%
- Scotland 2017 37.4%
- Scotland 2016 15.1%
- Scotland 2015 10.7%
- Scotland 2014 12.6%
- Scotland 2013 7.3%
- Scotland 2012 6.8%
The trend does suggest that reaching 87% full fibre for Scottish new builds in a year or two is within reach.
In 2018 the Scottish new build superfast coverage level only reached 86.8% and for the public closing that gap to 100% is the most important one, what we don't know of course is when various developments were started and agreements reached with broadband providers such as Openreach, Virgin Media, Hyperoptic, OFNL were reached.