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Free gift for EFRA committee - business rural versus urban broadband picture for Great Britain

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:37 AM

Possibly we don't share enough on the difference between business coverage of superfast broadband and residential, in light of the recent EFRA Committee report it is clearly time to do a small correction on this front.

Coverage of business premises with superfast broadband is running at 88.4% superfast (30 Mbps definition) versus 96.2% for residential but we can also split this into rural and urban categories which is something the recent EFRA Committee was calling on the Government to pay look into. HINT: While there is lots of ways of looking at the coverage data on we do hold on a different system numerous other ways of categorising the coverage data that we hold.

Business Premises Broadband Coverage for Great Britain
AreaSuperfast Coverage (30 Mbps and faster)Ultrafast Coverage (100 Mbps and faster)Full Fibre FTTPUnder 2 MbpsUnder 10 MbpsUnder 10 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up USO (*)
Urban 90.9% 52.9% 5.4% 0.1% 1.7% 8.3%
Rural 79.4% 12.6% 7.8% 3.2% 10.4% 12%
Deep Rural (a subset of rural) 69.2% 11.5% 9.9% 5.2% 16.4% 17.8%

(*) Due to our assumption that ADSL2+ cannot consistently provide 1 Mbps upload speeds all ADSL2+ only connections are included in this figure. We are aware that ADSL2+ Annex M exists which in theory means you can get around 15 Mbps down and 2 Mbps upload if close enough to an exchange. Also we are aware that with the correct modem/dslam setup a sync speed in the 1.1 Mbps is possible from ADSL2+ but especially for standard ADSL2+ once you take into account protocol overheads we feel it is misleading to allow ADSL2+ to qualify as a USO service even if the box is ticked due to an upload sync of 1092 Kbps and download sync of 16,384 Kbps.

The definitions of rural and urban used are the same as we use elsewhere i.e. based on the classification of the postcode by ONS. The deep rural figures are a subset from the rural segment, with the simplistic answer being that this represents the final 10% of Great Britain, which the larger rural segment is 21 to 22% of premises in Great Britain.

Coverage levels particularly in urban areas may actually be higher but we are only including standard broadband services, leased lines and metro ethernet services are not counted. Some business providers networks who utilise sub LLU to offer their own VDSL2 service are included and while they do often offer FTTP as the lead time is closer to that of metro ethernet than classical residential FTTP we don't count them towards the FTTP figures.

These figures go a long way to explaining why business body surveys are often so negative about the progress of the superfast roll-outs.  


Thanks Andrew, reducing the number of businesses served that takes a lot of planning.

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