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, G.fast or
24 Mbps or faster
30 Mbps or faster
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
We do not count ADSL2+ as USO compliant
Better Broadband for Suffolk Phase 1
102,208 premises *
Better Broadband for Suffolk Phase 2
40,600 premises *
(*) 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%.