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UK needs to pass 11,816 premises every day to reach 100% FTTP coverage

11,816 premises need to qualify as FTTP passed everyday between today and 31st March 2026 if the UK is to reach its target of 100% full fibre coverage. This works out at 4.3 million a year or 359,403 every month.

We have had the odd day in 2019 when we have found and added more FTTP premises to our checker, but those days are rare and with our daily updates across the whole range of broadband providers it is usually around 3,000 to 4,000 premises a day and can be as low as 1,000 premises.

Of course on days where we find below the magic 11,816 figure what will happen is that the figure needed in the remaining days will of course increase. This is why it is critical that the Government does a lot more than make grand announcements if the 100% goal is a serious ambition so that the commercial operators can plan accordingly and projects to deliver those areas not deemed commercially viable can be planned and building start as soon as possible.

Some may question why we are using 31st March 2026 when the talk is of by 2025, the reason is that based on previous broadband goals that say 'by year XXXX' it is clear they usually hope to hit the figure in the calendar year but are still happy to declare it job done so long as the target is reached in the financial year.

Update 6th August: In the comments a question was asked about what is the average increase per day and the mean daily increase in FTTP coverage for 2019 has been 4,408 premises.


I know you have said 3000 to 4000 premises a day, but can be as low as 1000 a day, but what is the actual average per day in 2019?

  • steve14
  • about 1 year ago

Small issue - your summary text (used on the homepage) could do with a bit of a proof-read.

You could (for perhaps a laugh) have an estimate clock page in your information & data section, taking days remaining and approx. properties remaining to have a rolling properties per day to reach target. Also include where we should have been based on the properties per day figure when the announcement was made. A graph of where we should be against where we are.

Just in case you didn't have anything better to be doing...!

  • Cessquill
  • about 1 year ago

Fixed duplicated word.

Good news - rate needed is down 11,815 a day found lots of FTTP a chunk of Virgin Media RFOG always helps.

Only problem with doing this as a clock is people will expect updates every day, and while a 7 day week of 2018/2019 is the norm, some days have a focus of things other than FTTP. By publishing probably monthly or on key announcement articles I will know if it was a slow day due to a day off.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Looks like Openreach FTTP updated wholesale pricing is now in effect, £39.99 for 18 months of 150d 30up. Also you get £90 reward aswell.
(Someone on HotUKDeals found this)

  • Jake4
  • about 1 year ago

Not the standard affiliate price, an affiliate has got its own deal in place possibly.

So not sure this is to do with the new wholesale pricing which is not in effect yet anyway but just trading the free Xbox One S or tablet for a lower price during the 18 month term.

Notice how the price is still £59.99 outside the 18 month term, if it was the wholesale cut you would see that lower.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Never going to happen in this country...

  • lockyatlrg
  • about 1 year ago

My Daughter is on a new build estate, originally ADSL only, the builder signed a contract with OR in March 2018, it cost them approx £24k to get FTTP for the estate.
They had FTTP installed last week!
Like lockyatlrg says, never going to happen.

  • rolandrat
  • about 1 year ago

It's not actually that many if you say it really really quickly...

  • ahockings
  • about 1 year ago

I'm sure your article is tongue in cheek. There is no chance of meeting a 100% target although without tough targets difficult questions can be avoided. So lets see a simple line chart of target, actual and forecast outcome.

  • peteADSL
  • about 1 year ago

Charts galore at just click the History button to see the FTTP actual.

As for target - if you can predict accurately the levels of overlap from the various commercial announcements would love to hear how you work it out.

Forecast, which forecast to use? On build rates of 2019 so far, 2043 is when 100% would be reached, if you use a 12 month one its well out in 2053.

So not tongue in cheek at all. but simple mathematics about what is needed if we as a nation dedicate ourselves to 100% by end of 2025.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

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