The changes in broadband coverage in the last decade
As its the last day of the decade we figured we would show people how our two broadband maps would have looked a decade ago if our maps were showing superfast and full fibre (FTTP) coverage levels back in January 2010 and compare these with our latest figures generated on the morning of 31st December 2019.
The map showing all 650 Parliamentary constituencies has been used as there has been a number of local authority boundary changes in the last decade and therefore we don't have the data going all the way back to 2010 for any local authority map.
The interactive map for both the full fibre and superfast coverage will let people see the individual constituency results and click through to a more detailed summary if they want or just to zoom in and see what the situation is in the dense urban areas where constituencies cover a small geographic area.
In the images a different scale that goes from red (0%) to green (100%) is used on the superfast and full fibre images, the scale is shifted for the superfast map to emphasis the differences between constituencies. The 2019 images include a copy of the scale.
January 2010 Maps
The overall UK figure for superfast coverage down at 49.3% and 18.3% of premises were in the below 10 Mbps download connection speed bracket.
31st December 2019 Maps
As of today the superfast (30 Mbps and faster) coverage in our system is 96.08% of premises and full fibre coverage is down at 10.86% of premises. In the last 12 months the full fibre figure has jumped from 5.40%, so while we know plenty of people will moan about how bad the availability of FTTP is, the fact that coverage has doubled in the last year shows things are changing.
In terms of rural and urban divides if we look at Great Britain the urban areas are ahead in the superfast race at 98.5% of premises versus 88.1% of premises in the rural part of Great Britain. For full fibre things are neck and neck at present at 10.2% with the urban full fibre footprint being catching up during 2019.
The ONS categorisation of rural and urban Great Britain means that 79% of GB premises are considered urban and 21% rural. There is a more rural definition sometimes called the deep rural figure and in that the superfast coverage drops to 80.5% but the full fibre availability improves to 13.3%, the deep rural category accounts for 12% of GB premises. At the start of 2010 the superfast figure for the deep rural category was a measly 13%.
NOTE: The rural and urban figures are Great Britain based as Northern Ireland uses a different categorisation system that does not easily line up with the England, Wales and Scotland figures.