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3 out of 4 new 2019 premises have full fibre available

Another quarter has passed and that means we've swept the latest postcode release that covers February, March and April 2019 also looking back at older postcodes to see if things have changed, since many postcodes are issued well ahead of the first properties being present.

The good news is that the promises made of more full fibre being deployed in new build homes was not just rhetoric and while 77.8% full fibre availability is impressive there are still the stories of people buying homes thinking they were getting fibre and finding out that only ADSL2+ is available when they move in (or its partial fibre but the cabinet is a long way away). Moral being never trust a sales person and if broadband is important make sure you get it in writing what will be available before committing to a property.

The percentage of new homes without a basic superfast broadband service has improved both for 2019 and 2018 which is good news and suggests that developers are getting the message that good broadband is part of the basic requirements the public now want to have.

The table is longer than our last update back in May since we are including the 2019 and 2018 figures for the nations and regions. The next set of postcodes is due from ONS at the start of September and our big sweep of those new postcodes should mean the next big update from us in October. We do continue to see new build activity in between the big updates but the effect should not lead to any significant changes in the figures.

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 21st July 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 2019
43,889 premises
95.9% 94% 79.1% 77.8%
69.2%
8.7% 0.6% 4.9%
UK 2018
181,118 premises
94.3% 93% 72.8% 70.5%
60.2%
7.7% 0.3% 6.2%
UK 2017
157,343 premises
92.1% 91% 50.1% 43.7%
 32%
6% 0.1% 8.1%
UK 2016 178,754 premises 91.3% 90% 42.4% 33.3%
 20.2%
3.8% 0.2% 9%
East of England 2019
3,944 premises
97.7% 95.8% 75.7% 74.6%
 54%
3.3% 0.1% 2.8%
East of England 2018
17,069 premises
97.6% 96.7% 74.3% 72.6%
 53.2%
1.6% 0.4% 2.9%
East Midlands 2019
1,870 premises
90.5% 88% 72.2% 71%
 70.3%
0% 1.6% 11.2%
East Midlands 2018
4,179 premises
93.6% 91.7% 69.5% 66.6%
 58.3%
6.1% 0% 6.6%
London 2019
8,147 premises
96.2% 94.8% 83.2% 80.6%
 63.6%
32.8% 0.1% 3.9%
London 2018
33,876 premises
94% 93.3% 80.8% 76.9%
 62.6%
30.5% 0% 6%
North East 2019
2,262 premises
92% 91.6% 73% 71.7%
71.5%
0% 0% 8%
North East 2018
6,953 premises
87.1% 85.5% 60.2%

58.9%
53.8%

0% 0% 13%
North West 2019
4,606 premises
96.7% 95.5% 76.1% 75.9%
74.9%
11% 0% 3.3%
North West 2018
18,705 premises
95.1% 93.9% 66.8% 65.4%
59%
3.5% 0.4% 5.5%
Northern Ireland 2019
1,010 premises
93.4% 89.4% 80.4% 80.4%
 80.4%
0% 1.1% 9.7%
Northern Ireland 2018
3,635 premises
99.7% 94.7% 75.6% 75.5%
 75.3%
0.1% 1.2% 2.1%
Scotland 2019
4,427 premises
98.6% 95.3% 82.1% 80.7%
 78.4%
3.2% 2.1% 3.7%
Scotland 2018
15,011 premises
92% 89.9% 74.5% 72.1%
 69.1%
1.7% 0.3% 8.9%
South East 2019
5,080 premises
96.8% 96% 83.2% 81.2%
70.6%
5.5% 0.3% 3.8%
South East 2018
19,411 premises
97.2% 96.4% 77.6% 75.8%
57.5%
5.1% 0.1% 3.1%
South West 2019
4,581 premises
96.5% 92.8% 78.2% 77.5%
75%
0% 0.1% 5.1%
South West 2018
21,431 premises
93% 91.4% 69.4% 68.2%
59.8%
1.5% 0.5% 7.8%
Wales 2019
1,170 premises
96.2% 95.6% 75.8% 75.1%
 75%
0% 0.5% 4.4%
Wales 2018
5,954 premises
95.6% 94.9% 78.4% 71.9%
 66%
0.7% 0.3% 4.7%
West Midlands 2019
3,187 premises
92% 89.8% 76.5% 75.4%
61.6%
0.7% 0.4% 9%
West Midlands 2018
19,138 premises
93.6% 92.8% 69.7% 67.3%
59.6%
2.6% 0.2% 6.9%
Yorkshire and Humber 2019
3,605 premises
96.2% 94.6% 79.8% 79%
70.6%
2.2% 0.9% 4.7%
Yorkshire and Humber 2018
15,756 premises
92.8% 91.1% 65.6% 63.6%
57.4%
2% 0.3% 7.8%

London continues to lead for new build availability of FTTP but the bigger surprise for some will be the extent of the overlap which is largely down to Hyperoptic competing with Openreach FTTP in new apartments across the UK capital.

Comments

Slightly annoying when you stay next door to a new build and can't get more than 16mb VDSL but the new build beside you gets full FTTP.

Only saving grace is Virgin Media cover the area as well.

  • crarcher
  • 3 months ago

My Daughter just moved into a new build in Gloucester and could only get 2mb and at the end of the street there is full Fibre from BT and Virgin and none were invited to lay cables. so they now have a Three MiFi and that gives them 30mb I believe. Totally crazy the real Fibre 200 metres away and cant get it

  • petetranter
  • 3 months ago

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