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:
- 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.
- 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.
- York at 52.5%. The bulk is the TalkTalk FibreNation roll-out, but there is also Openreach, Virgin Media RFOG, OFNL, Hyperoptic and FACTCO.
- 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.
- 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.