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UK full fibre broadband coverage hits 10% mark

Congratulations to all those hard workers out there who have been working in the wind, rain, shine and snow building various FTTP networks. The UK has now reached a footprint of 10.01% for full fibre coverage.

If the aim is 100% full fibre coverage celebrating hitting the 10% mark seems somewhat premature, but it is likely that  this first 10% and the last 10% will be the hardest bits. Hopefully the next 10 percentage points will pass in perhaps a year to 18 months rather than the over a decade it has taken to get to this point.

It is impossible to indentify exactly which bit of FTTP took the UK over the 10% mark, but the larger chunks in the last day or so have been in Sheffield, Leeds, Doncaster, Ramsgate and Lurgan.

On our coverage statistics website there is a handy list for all the local authorities as well as some of the combined areas such as Bedford and Milton Keynes along with Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. There are some 30 entries now where FTTP coverage is at 25% or higher of the local authority footprint, unfortunately the table comprises some 420 rows and places like Hastings, Norwich, Broxtowe and Wolverhampton are just some of the ones with under 0.5% FTTP coverage.

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@thinkbroadband Nice to see I'm still in the 0.47% with sub 10Mbps fttc of my area!!
You would expect they would pr… https://t.co/23roE6bwIF

  • @boxmodz
  • comment via twitter
  • about 1 month ago

@thinkbroadband @KCOMhome leading the way for this #goldstandard

  • @JobsyWright
  • comment via twitter
  • about 1 month ago

1.7Mbps ADSL here, still!

  • ahockings
  • about 1 month ago

The gap widens

  • brianhe
  • 29 days ago

"Hopefully the next 10 percentage points will pass in perhaps a year to 18 months" - that's quite optimistic.

Openreach: current FTTP coverage (30 Sep): 1.810m properties. Three months earlier it was 1.514m - annualised growth rate 0.888m/yr. At that rate, it will indeed take them just over 18 months to double their existing fibre footprint.

Can all the altnets also double their existing fibre footprints in the same timescale?

Maintaining this rate (10% every 18 months) would imply 13.5 years for full coverage, i.e. mid-2033. But initial cherry-picking will give way to more difficult areas

  • candlerb
  • 29 days ago

A massive joke on the British electorate. Various UK governments have made promises over the last 10 years but have never delivered on them! Spain is delivering FTTP to their citizens and their economy is in crisis and yet they can deliver FTTP with at least 300 mbps direct to homes - even in many little villages! We are among the top largest economies in the world yet our government are absolutely useless when it comes to delivering on something that would create jobs and without doubt add value to our economy. Could it be that Spain can deliver because they are in the EU and squeeze everything they can out of it’s membership but all we can do is whine and moan for more rebates and cuts etc instead of fighting to get a cut of the EU pie? Yes it would be a great joke if it wasn’t for the sickening reality that our EU politicians are totally incompetent when it comes to their negotiating skills, I mean just look at the latest Brexit deal from Johnson “New Deal? - same as the last - only worse!

  • bain72pc
  • 28 days ago

@thinkbroadband We are on an estate where Virgin Media serviced all the houses this year except the last 3 furthest… https://t.co/YssjHPZT9e

  • @Brian__Ives
  • comment via twitter
  • 28 days ago

@bain72pc
Spain has a much higher % of MDUs than Blighty which is why its easier to roll out FTTP quicker & cheaper per property. Nothing to do with EU/Brexit/Johnson/Farage/next door neighbour's cat.

  • baby_frogmella
  • 27 days ago

Absolute rubbish! next you’ll be saying it’s because Spain gets more sun than Britain! ALL UK governments have never taken responsibility for innovation and technology seriously. Anyone who comes up with ground breaking ideas gets ignored and end up knocking on the doors of other countries for support, usually America. You are missing the whole point: to improve and extend technology takes hard cash something ALL British governments are reluctant to part with when it comes to supporting British iindustry. Pure and simple!

  • bain72pc
  • 27 days ago

Here you go:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housing_in_Europe
https://www.thelocal.es/20151127/spain-the-nation-with-the-most-flat-dwellers-in-europe

Its no coincidence that countries with the highest MDUs in the above lists usually have a better FTTP penetration rate than UK.

Which is also why some UK full fibre Alt Nets such as Hyperoptic mainly offer FTTP to MDU's. Ask them to bring full fibre to your house and they'll laugh at you...

  • baby_frogmella
  • 27 days ago

FTTH/B coverage in Europe:
https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2019/03/uk-finally-joins-2019-ftth-ultrafast-broadband-country-ranking.html

  • baby_frogmella
  • 27 days ago

so we may get get more than half in the next 50 years, not that I would see it.

i am not bothered either to be honest, it will just give them an excuse rise the prices again, oh I forgot they do not need an excuse.

  • zyborg47
  • 27 days ago

@zyborg47

If the pace of the last 12 months is maintained 50% coverage in 2032 and 100% in 2046. Hence why industry has been saying a lot more work is needed to hit the 2025 100% Gigabit target (if that survives the General Election)

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 27 days ago

Hi Broadband Watchers..
I feel the 100% Gigabit target can be available at the Post Code by 2046 if the demand from the customers is taken up it would be nice to know what today’s % is, could this be Boris jokers card.

  • Blackmamba
  • 27 days ago

Urm today's Gigabit percentage is not hard to work out, between 10.4 to 10.6% depending on level of overlap between Gig1 and FTTP.

Once a couple more Gig1 areas appear will add to the tracking site.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 27 days ago

  • bain72pc
  • 27 days ago

@baby_frogmella

The graphs in “UK Finally Joins 2019 FTTH Ultrafast Broadband Country Ranking” kinda underlines the point I was making which is that many of the less well off countries in Europe are moving faster than the UK on bringing FTTP to the masses, even though the UK are improving slightly. The Hare and the Tortoise springs to mind and there’s no prizes for guessing who the Tortoise is.

  • bain72pc
  • 27 days ago

In isolation the FTTH/B penetration graph can be misleading though. You need to look at what other options are available in the other countries e.g. if there is no cable services or something like VDSL2 then take-up of FTTP where available is bound to be high.

One problem for UK was the BDUK process, i.e. pushed to get a reasonable speed to a much wider area, along with protracted uncertainty over what would happen with the BT/Openreach split.

NOTE: Not in anyway saying the UK is doing really well, but that things are changing quickly now and existing options can make it harder.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 27 days ago

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