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

The shift from delivery of VDSL2 to FTTP continues but the combined might of the FTTP builders has not boosted the delivery of full fibre to a point where even 50% full fibre coverage is on target for 2025, reaching 50% with the pace of the last few months still looks a distant dream and likely to be reached in 2033. Of course 2020 may see that all change and we may finally be able to find the over 12,000 FTTP premises passed every day.

Those who follow the monthly reports closely will notice that the premises figures for each region have increased and this is because the new build premises in the latest ONS postcode dataset have been integrated. A full report on the changes around full fibre is to be expected towards the end of October.

There are a lot of no change (=) signs in the table on the key columns, but we have been adding rural full fibre and some new VDSL2 cabinets, but the pace is such that the monthly change does not always produce a 0.1 improvement. The integration of new build premises also had a slight dampening effect on the progress too.

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 October 2019
(change since 7th September 2019)
Area% full and partial fibre based
i.e. VDSL2, G.fast or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
faster than 24 Mbps
% 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% (=) 97.4% 62.8% (+0.1) 5.46% (+0.14)
 2.97% (+0.19)
0.3% 1.4% (=)
1,158,923 Premises 1,149,557 1,132,481 1,128,569 727,405

63,318
34,425

3,474 15,938
North East 98.6% 97.6% (=) 97.4% 56.5% (=) 2.05% (+0.09)
0.88% (+0.09)
0.2% 1.8% (=)
967,917 Premises 953,977 945,057 942,908 547,063 19,869
 8,529
1,891 17,452
South East 99.1% 97.6%(=) 97.2% 58.4% (+0.2) 6.95% (+0.32)
 2.96% (+0.15)
0.2% 1.4% (=)
2,268,068 Premises 2,246,645 2,213,753 2,205,124 1,325,044 157,725
 67,083
4,617 32,156
West Midlands 98.7% 97.5% (=) 97.3% 68.8% (+0.2) 7.79% (+0.56)
 5.28% (+0.45)
0.2% 1.8% (=)
2,915,047 Premises 2,878,354 2,842,749 2,836,012 2,006,254 227,004
 153,891
6,682 51,609
London 98.2% 97.4% (=) 97.3% 75.4% (+0.1) 12.84% (+0.29)
 5.11% (+0.22)
0.1% 2.1% (=)
4,665,677 Premises 4,580,776 4,546,105 4,537,677 3,515,436 598,893
238,400
4,396 96,601
North West 98.8% 97% (=) 96.7% 54.7% (+0.2) 7.81% (+0.55)
 5.84% (+0.48)
0.5% 2.0% (-0.1)
4,086,379 Premises 4,037,030 3,964,903 3,951,109 2,236,149 319,265
 238,697
18,907 83,763
England 98.5% 96.8% (=) 96.5% 60.9% (+0.2) 9.22% (+0.40)
 5.48% (+0.29)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 2.2% (=)
25,187,870 Premises 24,810,145 24,391,236 24,306,467 15,351,779 2,321,401
 1,381,459
86,652 552,565
Great Britain 98.4% 96.5% (=) 96.2% 58.7% (+0.3) 8.56% (+0.39)
 5.38% (+0.29)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.5% (=)
29,360,577 Premises 28,886,721 28,338,378 28,235,515 17,219,225 2,628,695
 1,580,103
129,820 724,880
Yorkshire and Humber 98.1% 96.5% (=) 96.2% 60.3% (+0.2) 14.54% (+0.34)
 10.97% (+0.31)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.6% (=)
2,686,343 Premises 2,636,234 2,593,027 2,584,305 1,619,199 390,696
 294,812
11,038 69,385
United Kingdom 98.4% 96.3% (=) 96.0% 58.3% (+0.2) 9.45% (+0.43)
 5.88% (+0.33)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 2.6% (=)
30,187,140 Premises 29,707,326 29,079,206 28,969,863 17,608,517 2,853,075
 1,775,911
163,723 780,266
East of England 98.5% 96.2% (=) 95.7% 54.8% (+0.2) 4.77% (+0.25)
2.15% (+0.18)
0.4% 2.4% (=)
2,741,666 Premises 2,701,694 2,637,802 2,623,555 1,502,483 130,873
 58,970
11,614 64,890
Wales 97.8% 95.2% (=) 94.8% 37.5% (+0.3) 9.73% (+0.33)
 8.28% (+0.27)
0.7% 3.5% (=)
1,442,613 Premises 1,410,933 1,373,661 1,367,415 540,969 140,381
 119,407
10,335 50,142
South West 98.1% 95.1% (+0.1) 94.6% 50.6% (+0.4) 11.19% (+0.60)
 7.75% (+0.33)
0.6% 3.3% (=)
3,697,850 Premises 3,625,878 3,515,359 3,497,208 1,872,746 413,758
 286,652
24,033 120,771
Scotland 97.6% 94.3% (+0.1) 93.8% 48.6% (+0.4) 6.11% (+0.38)
 2.90% (+0.25)
1.2% 4.5% (=)
2,730,094 Premises 2,665,643 2,573,481 2,561,633 1,326,477 166,913
 79,237
32,833 122,173
Northern Ireland 99.3% 89.6% (=) 88.8% 47.1% (+0.5) 27.15% (+2.04)
 23.69% (+2.01)
4.1% 7% (=)
826,563 Premises 820,605 740,828 734,348 389,292 224,380
 195,808
33,903 57,939

For those worried about the Openreach FTTP figures we will cover those in more detail in a few days on what is our regular date of the 12th of each month for a deep dive into what Openreach is up to.

Northern Ireland looks set to remain the king of the regions in terms of full fibre coverage and while the vast majority of this is in urban areas such as Belfast there is infill work just like we see across England and Scotland. Interestingly in Wales in the last month we have started to see activity that looks like Openreach infill work, mirroring what is going on in the rest of the UK, suggesting the phase two contracts may be starting to deliver.

Comments

Glancing back 6 months shows 800k additional FTTP coverage which is quite impressive but also 205k additional premises which is stunning. ( I tried looking over a year but there have obviously been a lot of catch-up in the premises as there were 866k new over the 12 months which far exceeds actual new builds/ conversions this year). It is like running up an escalator, we have to do 500k+ a year just to cover new premises.

  • jumpmum
  • 13 days ago

2019 is a good 100,000 premises so far, and there will have been some from 2018 too, plus a smaller amount of catch-up from 2017/2016.

So growth of premises count is not surprising, prior to Jan 2018 we were not so good at tracking the new build, but since they have got a lot better. New build figures out towards end of month.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 13 days ago

Andrew, I assume that the 100k is on postcodes issued this year (so greenfield/Brownfield sites) as from March 2019 report 29981190 to Sep 19 30187140 is already 205950 up, so infill/conversions/catch-up on old postcodes seems to make up more than half the growth.

  • jumpmum
  • 13 days ago

The thing I notice the most is no change in USO figures.

  • brianhe
  • 12 days ago

In terms of at 1 decimal place the percentages have not changed, but there has been decreases apart from in 2 regions. The pace of superfast roll-outs is slow these days compared to 2017, largely due to use of FTTP rather than VDSL2.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 12 days ago

The Jocks claim an increase of 10,000 premises. Does it time to show up?

  • ValueforMoney
  • 10 days ago

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