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The good and bad UK constituencies for broadband

Decent, high speed, superfast, ultrafast, hyperfast can mean different things to lots of people, for example lots of the industry defines ultrafast as 100 Mbps and faster, but Ofcom use a 300 Mbps definition. Therefore today while sharing some top 10 and bottom 10 lists we will stick to figures rather than superlatives.

All figures are based on the percentage availability to premises within a constituency. While it is possible to do a population version, that would be reliant on 2011 census data and also under represent business premises. 

Constituencies with full fibre (FTTP - fibre to the premises)

TOP 10

    1. Kingston upon Hull East 98.99%
    2. Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle 98.68%
    3. Kingston upon Hull North 98.51%
    4. Haltemprice and Howden 73.66%
    5. Wallasey 67.75%
    6. Coventry North West 66.42%
    7. Liverpool Wavertree 66.08%
    8. Worsley and Eccles South 64.86%
    9. Belfast North 63.09%
    10. Leeds North East 62.95%

BOTTOM 10

    1. Plymouth Sutton and Devonport 0%
    2. Luton North 0.02%
    3. Hazel Grove 0.1%
    4. Stourbridge 0.12%
    5. Dudley North 0.13%
    6. Rhondda 0.13%
    7. Wolverhampton South West 0.19%
    8. South Shields 0.19%
    9. Northampton South 0.19%
    10. Redcar 0.2%

100 Mbps and faster broadband Constituencies

TOP 10

    1. Kingston upon Hull East 98.99%
    2. Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle 98.68%
    3. Kingston upon Hull North 98.51%
    4. Birmingham Yardley 98.27%
    5. Portsmouth South 97.51%
    6. Birmingham Hodge Hull 97%
    7. Birmingham Perry Bar 96.96%
    8. Birmingham Selly Oak 96.59%
    9. Bristol South 96.37%
    10. Twickenham 96.26%

BOTTOM 10

    1. Rhondda 0.13%
    2. Orkney and Shetland 0.37%
    3. Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 0.58%
    4. Argyll and Bute 0.64%
    5. Barrow and Furness 0.85%
    6. Yeovil 0.87%
    7. Hastings and Rye 0.87%
    8. Moray 0.94%
    9. Clacton 0.96%
    10. Banff and Buchan 1.05%

30 Mbps and faster broadband Constituencies

TOP 10

    1. Luton North 100%
    2. Blackpool North and Cleveleys 99.9%
    3. Oldham West and Royton 99.89%
    4. Wolverhampton South East 99.85%
    5. Derby North 99.84%
    6. Hampstead and Kilburn 99.83%
    7. Sheffield Heeley 99.82%
    8. Lewisham East 99.82%
    9. Glasgow North West 99.8%
    10. Nottingham North 99.8%

BOTTOM 10

    1. Orkney and Shetland 69.64%
    2. Fermanagh and South Tyrone 70.58%
    3. Ross Skye and Lochaber 73.11%
    4. West Tyrone 73.54%
    5. Mid Ulster 74.33%
    6. Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 76.68%
    7. Na h-Eileanan an Iar 77.34%
    8. South Down 79.49%
    9. Brecon and Radnorshire 79.51%
    10. Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 79.82%

% of premises with under 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload

BEST 10

    1. South Norfolk 0%
    2. Havant 0%
    3. Rhondda 0%
    4. Oldham West and Royton 0%
    5. Luton North 0%
    6. Cardiff West 0.1%
    7. Esher and Walton 0.1%
    8. Worthing West 0.1%
    9. Wallasey 0.1%
    10. Bury South 0.1%

WORST 10

    1. Orkney and Shetland 23.2%
    2. Fermanagh and South 21.2%
    3. West Tyrone 21%
    4. Ross Skye and Lochaber 20.3%
    5. Cities of London and Westminster 19.7%
    6. Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 17.4%
    7. Brecon and Radnorshire 17%
    8. Mid Ulster 15.5%
    9. Ceredigion 15.3%
    10. Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 14.7%

Comments

Beautiful example of having to look at stats carefully and that they can be read in opposite ways.

Rhondda:- In worst lists at No 6 and No 1 (FTTP and 100Mb) BUT in 3rd place on the best list for fewest places under 10:1 Mbps

So you could scream about how poor it is on the first 2, or shout about how good on the last!

  • jumpmum
  • about 1 month ago

It is a little publicised fact that when BT was in its infancy its CEO wanted to roll out full fibre everywhere but the Prime Minister of the day vetoed it for fear of unfair commercial advantage! That PM was 'M T' and was got rid of by their own party.

True or false?

  • michael-scott
  • about 1 month ago

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