Broadband News

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

The UK is just shy of the 10% mark for full fibre coverage but what seems clear is that while the number needing broadband USO intervention (remember you have to ask for the intervention starting March 2020) is decreasing there is not going to a massive change. The broadband USO when it appears is expected to see FTTP delivered to some 40,000 premises but the majority will be via existing 4G masts for the BT areas. The USO and KCom is largely a non story due to the high levels of full fibre coverage and the reason for some of those people missing out is the classical wayleave issues.

The big news is that full fibre coverage in the UK has reached 9.95% up 0.5 in the last month, which means a pace of 34,100 premises per week and this is almost double the 5.2% of 12 months ago. If the aim is 100% full fibre by the end of 2025 then we need to be finding without fail 85,498 full fibre premises every week. The 100% full fibre target though is a 100% Gigabit aim now so the relatively quick roll-out of DOCSIS 3.1 and the 1.1 Gbps service from Virgin Media will make this easier. The 100% Gigabit target is still a long way from being a certainty as the commercial full fibre roll-outs often overlap with the cable network, i.e. ultrafast coverage only went up from 55.5% to 58.6% in the last year and some of this increase is the G.fast network which is not Gigabit capable.

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 November 2019
(change since 7th October 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% 97.8% (+0.1) 97.4% 63.0% (+0.2) 5.84% (+0.38)
 3.26% (+0.29)
0.3% 1.3% (-0.1)
1,159,318 Premises 1,150,239 1,133,250 1,129,366 730,735

67,699
37,784

3,418 15,620
North East 98.6% 97.7% (+0.1) 97.4% 56.9% (+0.4) 2.31% (+0.26)
0.89% (+0.01)
0.2% 1.8% (=)
967,969 Premises 954,158 945,238 943,089 550,551 22,318
 8,592
1,891 17,325
West Midlands 98.8% 97.6% (+0.1) 97.3% 69% (+0.2) 8.31% (+0.52)
 5.66% (+0.38)
0.2% 1.7% (-0.1)
2,916,144 Premises 2,879,889 2,844,797 2,838,041 2,013,310 242,235
 165,010
6,635 51,016
South East 99.1% 97.6%(=) 97.2% 58.8% (+0.4) 7.4% (+0.45)
 2.98% (+0.02)
0.2% 1.4% (=)
2,269,430 Premises 2,248,257 2,215,486 2,206,711 1,335,109 188,002
 67,666
4,573 31,875
London 98.2% 97.5% (+0.1) 97.3% 75.6% (+0.2) 13.48% (+0.64)
 5.22% (+0.11)
0.1% 2.0% (-0.1)
4,668,387 Premises 4,584,607 4,549,925 4,541,460 3,529,629 629,367
243,871
4,363 95,503
North West 98.8% 97% (=) 96.7% 55% (+0.3) 8.12% (+0.31)
 6.12% (+0.26)
0.5% 2.0% (=)
4,088,807 Premises 4,039,985 3,966,771 3,953,686 2,249,239 331,921
 250,303
18,845 83,102
England 98.5% 96.9% (+0.1) 96.5% 61.2% (+0.3) 9.6% (+0.38)
 5.66% (+0.18)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 2.2% (=)
25,198,299 Premises 24,826,035 24,409,920 24,325,063 15,421,861 2,419,972
 1,426,542
86,065 545,804
Great Britain 98.4% 96.6% (+0.1) 96.2% 58.9% (+0.2) 9.37% (+0.48)
 5.57% (+0.19)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.4% (-0.1)
29,372,027 Premises 28,904,732 28,359,795 28,256,981 17,305,159 2,751,077
 1,637,386
129,268 716,837
Yorkshire and Humber 98.2% 96.6% (+0.1) 96.2% 60.4% (+0.1) 14.83% (+0.29)
 11.17% (+0.20)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.5% (-0.1)
2,686,649 Premises 2,637,402 2,594,344 2,585,651 1,623,883 398,400
 300,055
11,038 68,481
United Kingdom 98.4% 96.4% (+0.1) 96.0% 58.6% (+0.3) 9.95% (+0.50)
 6.16% (+0.28)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 2.6% (=)
30,200,661 Premises 29,727,601 29,103,030 28,993,798 17,704,729 3,004,092
 1,859,325
163,100 771,903
East of England 98.6% 96.3% (+0.1) 95.8% 55% (+0.2) 4.96% (+0.19)
2.20% (+0.05)
0.4% 2.3% (-0.1)
2,742,593 Premises 2,703,229 2,640,243 2,626,118 1,507,487 136,143
 60,378
11,479 63,839
Wales 97.8% 95.2% (=) 94.8% 37.6% (+0.1) 10.3% (+0.57)
 8.80% (+0.52)
0.7% 3.5% (=)
1,442,841 Premises 1,411,265 1,373,974 1,367,779 542,963 148,585
 126,918
10,331 50,007
South West 98.1% 95.1% (=) 94.7% 50.9% (+0.3) 11.46% (+0.27)
 7.92% (+0.17)
0.6% 3.2% (-0.1)
3,699,002 Premises 3,628,269 3,518,866 3,500,941 1,881,918 423,887
 292,993
23,822 119,043
Scotland 97.7% 94.3% (=) 93.9% 49.1% (+0.5) 6.68% (+0.57)
 3.07% (+0.17)
1.2% 4.4% (-0.1)
2,730,887 Premises 2,667,432 2,575,901 2,564,139 1,340,335 182,520
 83,926
32,872 121,026
Northern Ireland 99.3% 89.7% (+0.1) 88.9% 48.2% (+1.1) 26.78% (+3.75)
 26.78% (+3.09)
4.1% 7% (=)
826,634 Premises 822,869 743,235 736,817 399,570 253,015
 221,939
33,832 57,749

Northern Ireland while bottom of the table for superfast coverage continues to be the place to be for full fibre, and Belfast is currently running at 53.9% full fibre coverage and once Virgin Media switches on DOCSIS 3.1 will be an urban area with 94.3% Gigabit coverage.

The bulk of the improvements in the superfast coverage is now full fibre based, we are still seeing some VDSL2/FTTC added each week but the volume of partial fibre appearing is reducing week by week. 

A final note about the broadband USO we usually work to a more pessimistic no ADSL2+ service counts as USO compliant, since while some short ADSL2+ lines will sync at 1024 Kbps or slightly higher denying these people USO intervention options seems petty and with ADSL/ADSL2+ coming on for being two decades old any move to help retire the technology is welcome. If we exclude these shorter ADSL2+ lines i.e. apply a 15 Mbps download filter then across the UK the number of premises eligible to ask for USO intervention is only marginally lower at 704,618 (2.3%). To approach the numbers Ofcom is suggesting we need to assume any ADSL2+ line with over 10 Mbps download sync speed will also sync at over 1000 Kbps and the numbers drop to 479,328 (1.6% of UK premises).

NOTE: Retiring ADSL/ADSL2+ including LLU versions would allow for a re-write of the VDSL2 ANFP and would help improve speeds for those in the sub 30 Mbps bracket particularly as while VDSL2 and ADSL/ADSL2+ frequencies do overlap there are controls to stop VDSL2 crosstalk affecting ADSL/ADSL2+ speeds.

Comments

we live in a small village in rural scotland that is about 5 miles from an enabled exchange. There is no action to get us connected up. we have an average download of about 1.0 Mbps ie can even get I player and no one seems to want to do anything about it. I cannot get any information from any authority as to what if anything is happening. We have just been discarded.

  • stephenfly
  • 10 days ago

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