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Where is Suffolk on its superfast broadband journey?

The Better Broadband for Suffolk site has highlighted that it hit 94.3% superfast coverage (30 Mbps and faster) in June and so long as the contracts that are in place deliver the county should reach a 98% figure by 31st March 2020.

Suffolk has actually moved on from the 94.3% figure in June, as we were tracking at the end of June a figure of 94.4% and with some hunting down of FTTP over the last four days the county is now sitting at 94.75% availability of a 30 Mbps or faster service.

The historical trends show a big change in pace of roll-outs in the middle of 2015 and this coincides with the end of the bulk of the VDSL2 roll-out which was the phase one contract. The phase two contract has delivered a mixed bag of VDSL2 and FTTP and as time passes the proportion of FTTP being delivered keeps increasing. The Suffolk summary on our stats site has been updated to reflect the latest changes we have found and the district councils have have also been updated (note: the constituency set will be updated at the weekend on our usual schedule).

thinkbroadband analysis of Suffolk County and its two BDUK contract phases
In descending order of superfast coverage - figures 17th July 2019
Area% full and partial fibre based
i.e. VDSL2, or
% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
FTTP, cable,
Full Fibre All Providers
Openreach and KCOM FTTP
% Under 2 Mbps download% Below USO
10 Mbps download
1 Mbps upload
We do not count ADSL2+ as USO compliant

Suffolk County

350,247 premises

99.0% 95.7% 94.8% 28.2% 3.02%
0.7% 2.4%

Better Broadband for Suffolk Phase 1

102,208 premises *

100% 93.4% 92.1% 9.5% 4.92%
1.4% 3.4%

Better Broadband for Suffolk Phase 2

40,600 premises *

99.6% 92.1% 90.3% 17.7% 9.08%
1.6% 4.0%

(*) The premises counts are based on what we have figured out and where the 'fibre' based coverage does not hit 100% indicates we have seen indications of more VDSL2 cabinets on the way under the contract and have flagged these but with ADSL/ADSL2+ as fastest technology currently.

The coverage story looks promising for the 2020 target as with some 20 or so months to a pace of just under 0.2% each month should see the target being met. The story for the business community in Suffolk like much of the UK is slightly different since superfast coverage is lagging at 91.0%. 


Hi Andrews Staff.
You may have missed Jimmy Farm Post Code IP92AP it shows on my DBase as having Stage 1 fibre I could be incorrect as you say that it may be in the weekend updates.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

Not missed just needs the majority of premises to be able to get it to flip the postcode over

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Hi Andrews staff. I thought so as my system picks it up when the service comes available thus changing the colour.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
My telecoms agent has checked the route and the fibre on the last mile is covered by overhead and underground I have also found that the addresses on the Post Code MUST tie with the OFCom ones if not it causes problems by giving incorrect feed back.
Any transmission person would understand this.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago


  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

@Blackmamba. A transmission person would not have the slightest interest in post codes.

  • ribble
  • 3 months ago

Hi Ribble.
I would think most transmission persons and Hackers would be very interested in Post Codes Lat/lon even if you do not buy it.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

@BM - the world has moved on since your time 40 years ago. We now have data and systems with details of every road and individual property. The lat/long of the centre of a post code is of no use or interest to planners or 'transmission persons'.

  • Somerset
  • 3 months ago

Hi Somerset
It was in the year 1957 Haslemere Area Code (01428 ) GSA . PCM was provided between Haslemere and Guildford this system worked on one cable pair this provided 24/30 junction with regen (digital). Each regen had a number all you need to is transpose that number to an (address or a post code. ). The regen was positioned in the UG network at a set distance.
Just look up PCM on the internet.

  • Blackmamba
  • 3 months ago

I've worked in transmission area more recently and can tell you the post code is of little to no interest what so ever, other than to find the location of a transmission station/exchange/or end user site.

  • ribble
  • 3 months ago

@BM - the first 24, not 30, channel PCM systems were introduced in 1968 using 2 pairs.

  • Somerset
  • 3 months ago

Remote villages (Mount Bures) in the CO8 post code area have no RFS date yet published for fibre,
County Broadband (Essex Based) carried out a feasibility study of installing fibre, but nothing ever came of it
So I take the figures about Suffolk 90%+ coverage with a big pinch of salt
(Somerset) I was involved in installing and subsequently maintaining the very first 24 channel PCM eqpt in the Colchester area, it was between Clacton and Harwich.

  • bures
  • 3 months ago

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