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July 2019 update on broadband availability across the UK, nations and regions

The UK wide superfast figure increased by 0.1% and Northern Ireland had the largest percentage change in full fibre coverage with a 1.02 percentage point increase during the time since our last update on 7th July.

The numbers needing USO intervention are dropping thankfully and even in the cases where there was no change to 1 decimal place the actual figures in all the regions did drop.

While Scotland is waiting on its R100 contract signing and subsequent roll-out the old BT BDUK phase one contract is still delivering and with a pattern similar to the English counties of rough 50/50 split between VDSL2 and FTTP. 

Wales remains static after the hard stop of the original BT Superfast Cymru contract and we await any significant changes from the phase two contracts. Wales has been static at 95.2% superfast coverage since the start of May 2019 having hit 95% in January 2019. 

thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Full Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, its nations and regions for premises
In descending order of superfast coverage - figures 7th August 2019
(change since 7th July 2019)
Area% full and partial fibre based
i.e. VDSL2, G.fast or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
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
East Midlands 99.2% 97.6% (=) 97.3% 62.4% (+0.1) 4.85% (+0.24)
 2.38% (0.20)
0.3% 1.4% (-0.1)
1,155,819 Premises 1,146,176 1,128,459 1,124,493 720,746

56,027
27,549

3,603 16,666
North East 98.5% 97.5% (=) 97.3% 55.5% (=) 1.68% (+0.03)
0.75% (+0.02)
0.2% 1.9% (=)
965,955 Premises 951,404 942,235 940,106 536,483 16,221
 7,231
1,928 18,067
South East 99% 97.6% (+0.2) 97.2% 57.9% (+0.3) 6.52% (+0.34)
 2.75% (+0.12)
0.2% 1.5% (=)
2,262,491 Premises 2,240,724 2,207,164 2,198,719 1,311,117 147,622
 62,314
4,876 33,037
West Midlands 98.7% 97.4% (+0.1) 97.2% 68.2% (+0.2) 6.65% (+0.51)
 4.39% (+0.45)
0.2% 1.8% (-0.1)
2,907,461 Premises 2,869,312 2,832,810 2,826,123 1,982,599 193,427
 127,538
6,959 53,742
London 98.1% 97.3% (=) 97.1% 74.9% (+0.2) 11.86% (+0.55)
 4.66% (+0.33)
0.1% 2.2% (=)
4,653,591 Premises 4,564,134 4,528,804 4,520,576 3,486,697 552,102
216,800
4,783 101,288
North West 98.7% 97% (+0.1) 96.7% 54% (0.3) 6.80% (+0.46)
 4.98% (+0.29)
0.5% 2.1% (-0.1)
4,074,490 Premises 4,023,522 3,951,319 3,937,965 2,202,329 277,149
 202,765
19,128 85,830
England 98.4% 96.7% (+0.1) 96.4% 60.4% (+0.2) 8.37% (+0.42)
 4.93% (+0.27)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.3% (-0.1)
25,118,137 Premises 24,722,358 24,295,133 24,211,054 15,171,371 2,103,493
 1,239,572
88,946 575,130
Great Britain 98.3% 96.4% (+0.1) 96.1% 58.1% (+0.2) 8.12% (+0.41)
 4.85% (+0.27)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 2.6% (=)
29,281,157 Premises 28,786,241 28,229,110 28,127,224 17,006,779 2,378,183
 1,419,794
132,780 751,125
Yorkshire and Humber 98% 96.4% (+0.1) 96.1% 59.8% (+0.2) 13.65% (+0.79)
 10.39% (+0.43)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.7% (-0.1)
2,680,619 Premises 2,627,827 2,583,972 2,575,194 1,603,480 365,807
 278,404
11,128 72,428
United Kingdom 98.3% 96.2% (+0.1) 95.8% 57.8% (+0.3) 8.56% (+0.43)
 5.29% (+0.29)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.6% 2.7% (=)
30,105,338 Premises 29,604,587 28,966,538 28,858,023 17,385,959 2,577,474
 1,592,718
166,826 806,881
East of England 98.5% 96.1% (+0.2) 95.5% 54.4% (+0.2) 4.25% (+0.21)
1.92% (+0.14)
0.4% 2.5% (-0.1)
2,732,664 Premises 2,690,590 2,624,846 2,610,570 1,486,058 116,136
 52,357
11,920 67,588
Wales 97.8% 95.2% (=) 94.8% 37.1% (+0.1) 9.1% (+0.51)
 7.23% (+0.50)
0.7% 3.5% (=)
1,440,156 Premises 1,408,235 1,370,884 1,364,739 534,476 131,025
 111,263
10,539 50,514
South West 97.9% 94.9% (+0.1) 94.4% 50% (+0.2) 10.28% (+0.27)
 7.18% (+0.22)
0.7% 3.4% (-0.1)
3,685,047 Premises 3,608,669 3,495,524 3,477,308 1,841,862 379,002
 264,614
24,621 126,484
Scotland 97.5% 94.1% (+0.1) 93.7% 47.8% (+0.1) 5.28% (+0.23)
 2.53% (+0.26)
1.2% 4.6% (-0.1)
2,722,864 Premises 2,656,648 2,563,093 2,551,431 1,300,932 143,665
 68,959
33,295 125,481
Northern Ireland 99.3% 89.5% (=) 88.7% 45.6% (+0.5) 24.18% (+1.02)
 20.98% (+0.99)
4.1% 7.1% (=)
824,181 Premises 818,346 737,428 730,799 379,180 199,291
 172,924
34,046 58,416

We covered the Openreach full fibre figures in their financial results recently but the numbers have continued to climb with the Openreach full fibre footprint that we have found standing at 1,402,276 premises compared to 1,313,029 we reported on 7th July. The increase of 89,247 premises is over 4 weeks and 3 days so is pretty much running at the 20k premises a week declared in their recent results. 

The old 97% superfast ambition is still looking like it will be hit around August 2020, a lot hinges on whether the pace of FTTP roll-out from the various BDUK contract extensions can increase in pace. 

Comments

Thanks Andrew,

B-USO is interesting 101k for Greater London out of 575k for England. If we add Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool Birmingham, it would appear Voda, Virgin and others will be expected to fund BT for urban upgrades.

I assume all urban will need to be removed from the B-USO after the consultation on funding.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 12 days ago

Why would all USO premises be excluded from the USO after consultation?

You suggesting that a magic wand is set to fix all the urban slow spots in the next 12 months?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 11 days ago

Andrew, USO for telephony is for rural only. I would not expect VM, Vodafone, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Cityfibre to make a cash contribution BT's network in urban areas where it chose not to invest in the last decade.

A B-USO for greater London is a somewhat nonsensical, an error in the original drafting.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 9 days ago

Where in the legislation for the telephone USO does it say that it can only be invoked in rural areas?

Removing London from the broadband USO at this stage is something you are free to think about but would be stupid thing to do politically. Why not also Manchester? Liverpool? Edinburgh? Cardiff? Swansea? Carlisle?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 9 days ago

Sorry to disappoint your view but telephony USO is for any first line to a property and makes no mention of rural or otherwise.

Additionally AFAIK the B-USO is exactly the same in that it gives everyone the right to request a basic spec broadband service, anywhere in the country, and to be given an provision answer which is technology independent and may, or may not, include a contribution from the requester if the provision costs are above the limit.

  • Gadget
  • 9 days ago

It need not need to as the USO for telephony came much much later in terms of roll-out.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 6 days ago

@VFM - if you are unhappy about the current B-USO proposals then Ofcom is the place to take your suggestions, as part of any consultations they may have or be running.

  • Gadget
  • 5 days ago

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