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Five council areas now have full fibre availability over 50%

Our tracking of the full fibre roll-outs has the UK overall rapidly approaching the 10% mark, with 9.87% FTTP coverage as of 1st November 2019. There are some areas where availability is a lot higher than the national average and it is time to highlight a few of these.

The local authority areas with full fibre coverage above 50% are:

  1. City of Kingson upon Hull at 98.66%. The home of KCom and with their roll-out announced as complete the figures are not going to change much, other than new build properties and once wayleaves are in place for a few remaining apartment blocks.
  2. Belfast at 53.91%. This is a result of the Openreach Fibre First roll-outs and we have no idea what the final coverage figure will be. There is some Virgin Media RFOG via Project Lightning.
  3. York at 52.5%. The bulk is the TalkTalk FibreNation roll-out, but there is also Openreach, Virgin Media RFOG, OFNL, Hyperoptic and FACTCO.
  4. Salford District at 50.96%. Four fifths of the full fibre footprint is Openreach based, but others such as Hyperoptic in new build apartments bring the total to past the 50% mark.
  5. Milton Keynes at 50.47%. The bulk is from the CityFibre roll-out sold by Vodafone under the Gigafast brand currently, but there is a strong presence from Openreach as well as some Hyperoptic and OFNL coverage too.

It is perfectly fair to say that only 5 council areas with full fibre coverage of over 50% is nothing to celebrate but things are changing, i.e. 12 months ago the only area above 50% was the City of Kingston upon Hull at 84.7%.

We have not as yet added Virgin Media Gig1 tracking to our coverage, but this is very much on the to-do list and this will not replace our full fibre tracking but be an additional set of coverage figures. Another change in the works is count how many premises have a choice of 2 or more full fibre operators.


Hi Andrew, how often do you update the Openreach FTTP layer on the coverage map? I noticed some postcodes around my area have gone live a couple of weeks ago but this isn't reflected on the map. Basically all the postcodes on on Woodchurch Rd off here: (CT12 5DQ being one example).

  • SlimJ
  • 12 months ago

The map might update once or twice a fortnight, the bit that updates daily is the postcode lookup

Will add that area to the list for a look in the next few days.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 12 months ago

@thinkbroadband Openreach have now started to rollout FTTP as standard to a few new build housing estates in my hom…

  • @whosyagamer
  • comment via twitter
  • 12 months ago

Paging the usual suspect to complain about why Eden, lowest population density authority in England and Wales, over 96% green space, doesn't have 100% geographical coverage of FTTP via the 300 trillion metric tons of gold bullion BT owe local authorities.

  • CarlThomas
  • 12 months ago

I wonder who will be next? My guess for the next council area to get close to Kingston upon Hull (note correct spelling) will be the Isle of Wight.

  • jabuzzard
  • 12 months ago

I've been able to order FTTP (Openreach) for over 2 months now and it's also not on the maps, Area: South Gloucestershire. There should be around 35+ missing FTTP covered postcodes in the county.

It's also not on the site checker aswell.

  • Jake4
  • 12 months ago

Jake4. Either drop Andrew a list of the codes or just do a speed test off here and he will pick them up. The site relies on info from us for the small deployments as it speeds up finding them. Large ones are much easier to spot.

  • jumpmum
  • 12 months ago

As suggested a speed test is the simplest or just email me.

Searches are updated every day, the map might be a week or two out of date depending on the cycle of updates.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 12 months ago

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