Broadband News

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

Our regular updates on the levels of broadband coverage across the United Kingdom continue and while the headline is about the 9.02% full fibre coverage the levels of superfast coverage are continuing to increase.

The rise to 9% full fibre coverage has happened in two months but with the projections still suggesting 2032 to hit 50% coverage and 2047 for 100% full fibre coverage it is clear that the amount being built needs to increase dramatically. Our figures do take into account that some full fibre deployments do overlap e.g. a new build apartment where both Openreach and Hyperoptic full fibre, plus maybe Virgin Media RFOG are available will only count as 1 property towards the total.

Other than the commercial full fibre rollouts Wales has remained pretty static and while we are still waiting on the contract signing for the Scottish R100 contract(s) the original Digital Scotland contracts are still delivering and increasingly it is FTTP being rolled out.

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 September 2019
(change since 7th August 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% 97.7% (+0.1) 97.4% 62.7% (+0.3) 5.32% (+0.47)
 2.78% (+0.40)
0.3% 1.4% (=)
1,156,479 Premises 1,147,054 1,130,083 1,126,213 725,612

61,550
32,119

3,467 15,965
North East 98.6% 97.6% (+0.1) 97.4% 56.5% (+1.0) 1.96% (+0.28)
0.79% (+0.04)
0.2% 1.8% (-0.1)
966,738 Premises 952,795 943,939 941,858 545,937 18,923
 7,665
1,895 17,449
South East 99% 97.6%(=) 97.2% 58.2% (+0.3) 6.68% (+0.16)
 2.81% (+0.06)
0.2% 1.4% (-0.1)
2,263,334 Premises 2,241,828 2,208,821 2,200,210 1,316,893 151,091
 63,551
4,587 32,305
West Midlands 98.7% 97.5% (+0.1) 97.2% 68.6% (+0.4) 7.23% (+0.58)
 4.83% (+0.44)
0.2% 1.8% (=)
2,909,139 Premises 2,871,482 2,835,587 2,828,799 1,995,117 210,377
 140,413
6,726 52,737
London 98.2% 97.4% (+0.1) 97.2% 75.3% (+0.4) 12.55% (+0.69)
 4.89% (+0.23)
0.1% 2.1% (-0.1)
4,657,345 Premises 4,571,892 4,537,160 4,529,001 3,505,687 584,681
227,858
4,427 96,909
North West 98.8% 97% (=) 96.7% 54.5% (+0.5) 7.26% (+0.46)
 5.36% (+0.38)
0.5% 2.1% (=)
4,077,847 Premises 4,027,428 3,955,018 3,941,245 2,222,665 295,881
 218,759
18,968 85,013
England 98.5% 96.8% (+0.1) 96.5% 60.7% (+0.3) 8.82% (+0.45)
 5.19% (+0.26)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 2.2% (-0.1)
25,135,997 Premises 24,751,990 24,330,752 24,246,158 15,269,770 2,217,653
 1,304,118
86,939 559,541
Great Britain 98.4% 96.5% (+0.1) 96.1% 58.4% (+0.3) 8.56% (+0.44)
 5.09% (+0.24)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.5% (-0.1)
29,300,848 Premises 28,829,049 28,269,150 28,166,571 17,120,004 2,509,088
 1,491,664
130,432 732,926
Yorkshire and Humber 98.1% 96.5% (+0.1) 96.2% 60.1% (+0.3) 14.2% (+0.55)
 10.66% (+0.27)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.6% (-0.1)
2,682,122 Premises 2,631,444 2,588,050 2,579,230 1,612,431 380,790
 286,002
11,064 69,981
United Kingdom 98.4% 96.3% (+0.1) 95.9% 58.1% (+0.3) 9.02% (+0.46)
 5.55% (+0.30)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.6% (-0.1)
30,125,904 Premises 29,639,281 29,008,276 28,899,250 17,504,569 2,716,284
 1,670,566
164,289 788,204
East of England 98.5% 96.2% (+0.1) 95.6% 54.6% (+0.2) 4.52% (+0.27)
1.97% (+0.05)
0.4% 2.4% (-0.1)
2,735,389 Premises 2,694,652 2,630,273 2,616,011 1,493,515 123,736
 53,952
11,672 65,791
Wales 97.8% 95.2% (=) 94.8% 37.2% (+0.1) 9.4% (+0.3)
 8.01% (+0.77)
0.7% 3.5% (=)
1,440,530 Premises 1,408,731 1,371,325 1,365,152 535,918 135,357
 115,445
10,532 50,445
South West 98% 95% (+0.1) 94.5% 50.2% (+0.2) 10.59% (+0.30)
 7.42% (+0.24)
0.7% 3.3% (-0.1)
3,687,604 Premises 3,613,415 3,501,821 3,483,591 1,851,913 390,624
 273,799
24,133 123,391
Scotland 97.6% 94.2% (+0.1) 93.8% 48.2% (+0.4) 5.73% (+0.45)
 2.65% (+0.12)
1.2% 4.5% (-0.1)
2,724,321 Premises 2,659,328 2,567,073 2,555,261 1,314,316 156,078
 71,101
32,961 122,940
Northern Ireland 99.3% 89.6% (+0.1) 88.8% 46.6% (+1.0) 25.11% (+0.93)
 21.68% (+0.69)
4.1% 7% (-0.1)
825,056 Premises 819,232 739,126 732,679 384,565 207,196
 178,902
33,857 57,937

For those worried about the Openreach FTTP figures we will cover those in more detail in a few days but the change since 7th August there has been an increase of 77,801 premises. The increase in the Openreach FTTP footprint averaged out over the four and half weeks gives a rate of 17,289 premises each week which is slower than the 20,000 a week Openreach state they are building at and as this is slower than the previous month this is a bit worrying given they are talking of ramping up to delivering 30,000 premises of FTTP every week. The end of July saw the announcement of the next batch of Fibre First exchanges and we suspect that what is happening is that Openreach is building the FTTP passing premises but they are only appearing for actual public order some weeks or months later.

Comments

Hi Broadband Watchers.
With many Post Codes not showing a black spot (TBB) it it showings that Openreach is giving correct data and may be not confusing the Public as to their results it is very easy to switch the Bt Checker information as required to the demand on provision.
I feel it is up to the ISPs (500) to respond to this objective if not they I feel they will lose out in this competitive market each post Code is very important in my view to the uk objective to be the best in EU.

  • Blackmamba
  • 13 days ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
Please remember that there are various customers to each Post Code so they have a controlling power if only a few to retuning a result.

  • Blackmamba
  • 13 days ago

There is something a little odd in comparing <24Mps with <30Mbps. The <24Mbps for UK&NI is 486k premises while the <30Mbps ballons to 1.1m premises a difference of 630k premises. The issue in NI is particularly pronounced as <24Mpbs is merely 5k for <24Mps versus 85.9k for 30Mps.
The 24mbps (it is more than ADSL) versus 30Mbps (a once EU estimate for 4g rural) has little to do with the user experience. Is there something in the stats driving this or it actual premise count? Against original objectives BDUK is 98.5% coverage.
What is the impact on OR system size of c25.5m?

  • ValueforMoney
  • 12 days ago

What is this OR system size 25.5 million, since bears no relation to any figure I am aware of.

UK & NI does not exist, it is just UK. And difference between >24 Mbps and 30 Mbps definitions is just 109,026 in the table. Believe you have used the wrong columns and are confusing yourself.

The original BDUK objective was 90%, then became 95% and now a hope to reach 97 to 98%. Where is the official declaration that 98.5% is an actual objective?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 12 days ago

My error on the columns.
The objective was to go as far as possible.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 12 days ago

You can pick up the OR system size from the annual accounts. Your site reports availability for Openreach, so I assume it is based on their published system size.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 12 days ago

And final question. The premise total minus number in second column number. Total UK premise 30.1m less 29.6m who cannot access some upgraded service leaves 486k premises where no one has attempted to upgrade? Are these active ELO's? London has 85K of these lines. For clarity can you describe what they might be?

  • ValueforMoney
  • 12 days ago

We are not doing what you seem to be implying, i.e. working to a system size and deriving the figures. The superfast openreach footprint is larger than your figure in terms of premises, so you might want to check the source of your 25.5 million figure.

On the ELO, one assumes you mean exchange only lines, yes some will be in there, some won't as others offer a service to them e.g. Virgin Media, Hyperoptic etc. There are still cabinets out there without a VDSL2 twin too.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 12 days ago

Anyone know roughly Openreach's pricing update for FTTP will take place?
FTTP is now available and I don't know if it's worth waiting a week or two for it hopefully going down by then to make the 330 package to be around £38.
My current FTTC package runs out early October so I'll need to take in count of the 'up to 14 working days' for the line to be installed otherwise I'll be stuck on 4g in the meantime.

  • Jake4
  • 11 days ago

"The good news is that full fibre is now available to 9% of UK premises, . . ." or putting it another way, 91% of UK premises do not have access to Full Fibre connections.

  • Septuagent
  • 11 days ago

While true, a few weeks ago it was 92% that did not have access to full fibre, so its good news it is at least moving in the right direction.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 11 days ago

Andrew, OR operational KPI stats last quarter show 25.1m premises connected to Openreach. I am not implying anything but it is good to understand. What proportion of these connected lines can and cannot get superfast?

  • ValueforMoney
  • 11 days ago

25.1m connected, but there are more who count as passed but are not taking any Openreach services, e.g. street has Openreach copper but home has had Virgin Media services for years.

https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/ has some help for 91% of UK premises have option of a superfast Openreach connection and 91% of 30,125,904 premises is ???

There are then more who cannot get superfast but passed by network and if you agree to quote the source in your report will let you have the figure.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 11 days ago

Andrew - Openreach say 28m can connect to superfast service, but do not specify how many cannot.
Happy to quote source. Trying to get to a better understanding of the outstanding rural (<24Mbps, <30Mbps) number which might be better stated as a function of the OR network in rural.
The latest Ministial evidence (EFRA SC) used quoted Jan 2019 and used 1.57m non superfast of which 245k were urban, 323k suburban, 842k rural and another '162k' in most rural areas.
If we take off what was contracted but outstanding (400k) and minus off the phase 3,4+ NI R100 then this is getting small indeed.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 11 days ago

If worrying about not having Superfast then you need to look at the figures since, obsessing about Openreach alone is just part of the story.

I guess you are asking for a news item to update the figures from our previous one
https://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/8312-picture-of-current-rural-and-urban-broadband-divide-in-great-britain

1.57m suggests 95% superfast - so probably older than Jan 2019 data

Of course if you remove what is contracted the numbers shrink, but we don't do that because our aim is to see if contracted targets are being met, i.e. what is available for people to order.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 11 days ago

Andrew,,, missed that one. Thank you.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 10 days ago

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