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Latest broadband stats behind new build premises in the UK revealed

The problems around new build homes continue to evolve and while there has been some movement from developers embarking on their own full fibre services the bulk at of what has been delivered to date is from the traditional Openreach, Virgin Media, Hyperoptic and OFNL.

The data for 2019 only comprises new premises identified by the last ONS postcode data set released in March 2019 which covers January 2019 but the trend for more full fibre continues and with this data set also adding November and December 2018 we are tracking 2018 as ending with FTTP available to two thirds of new homes and 2019 has the trend continuing at 69.9%.

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 January 2019 in the United Kingdom.

The trend chart has changed slightly since our last summary three months ago, some of this is expected as things like VDSL2 cabinets finally go live for new estates or retro fitting of FTTP occurs. The main message of previous summaries still stands that there are thousands of new build homes people are moving into where standard broadband (i.e. ADSL2+) is all that is available. The 91.4% superfast coverage for 2018 is better than it was but still lagging behind the UK average of 95.7% for availability of 30 Mbps and faster services.

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 14th May 2019
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 Jan 2019
7,748 premises
93.3% 91% 71.9% 69.9%
60.5%
10.3% 0.4% 7.6%
UK 2018
158,343 premises
93% 91.4% 68.7% 66.2%
55.6%
7.7% 0.3% 7.7%
UK 2017
153,884 premises
91.3% 90.2% 48.5% 42.1%
 30.6%
5.8% 0.1% 8.9%
UK 2016 177,126 premises 90.8% 89.5% 41.7% 32.3%
 19.5%
3.8% 0.1% 8.9%
East of England 2018
14,699 premises
96.9% 95.8% 69.6% 67.8%
 46.7%
0.1% 0.5% 3.6%
East Midlands 2018
3,672 premises
92.7% 90.4% 65.3% 62%
 52.6%
6% 0.1% 8.2%
London 2018
32,123 premises
93.4% 92.3% 79.3% 75.4%
 62.1%
30.8% 0% 7%
North East 2018
5,823 premises
82.8% 80.6% 51.8% 50.3%
45%
0.2% 0% 17.3%
North West 2018
15,471 premises
92.6% 91% 59.9% 58.2%
53%
1.6% 0.3% 8%
Northern Ireland 2018
3,075 premises
99.6% 93.6% 70.3% 70.2%
 69.9%
0% 1.5% 2.6%
Scotland 2018
12,114 premises
89.7% 86.7% 68.6% 65.3%
 63.1%
1.7% 0.5% 11.4%
South East 2018
17,937 premises
96.8% 96% 75.6% 73.7%
55.2%
4.4% 0.1% 3.5%
South West 2018
18,525 premises
91.8% 90% 64.4% 63.1%
53.7%
1.1% 0.5% 9.1%
Wales 2018
5,436 premises
95.2% 94% 76% 69.3%
 62.8%
0.8% 0.5% 4.7%
West Midlands 2018
16,467 premises
91.9% 90.6% 64.5% 62.5%
53.9%
2.2% 0.6% 8.9%
Yorkshire and Humber 2018
13,001 premises
91.1% 88.9% 58.9% 56.7%
50%
2.1% 0.3% 9.6%

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. We have made the table a bit shorter than previously by showing the UK position for a few years and just the 2018 summary for the nations and regions.

The premises count for previous years has increased e.g. an extra 2,000 premises attributed to the 2017 period and this is down to how premises are categorised which is using the date of introduction for the postcode and as developments may be assigned a postcode in 2017 but properties only built in 2018 or later. Also for those comparing the data with others remember we are working to the calendar year where as some other sources may use financial year.

The increasing use of full fibre is likely to continue as policy changes by Openreach continue to filter through and it is important to highlight the difference between a broadband operator being contracted to deliver full fibre the number of premises we see e.g. an estate may have an agreement to deliver 800 premises of FTTP but as these are usually built over a number of years the impact will be spread out and even more so when you take into account the time lag between a developer clearing a site and people being able to move in.

When the BDUK contracts were delivering 20,000 to 30,000 more premises passed by VDSL2 a week the gap being introduced by the new build activity was effectively masked, but if 1,000 premises a month across the UK are built without superfast broadband this can almost cancel out one of the quieter weeks for the ongoing BDUK contracts.

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