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UK full fibre coverage hits the 11% mark

We reported on the UK hitting the 10% FTTP coverage mark on 9th November 2019 and two months later the 11% point has been reached with full fibre coverage sitting at 11.01% as of the morning of 6th January 2020.

The number of premises passed by full fibre now stands at 3,328,926 premises and takes into account the overlaps that occur e.g. Hyperoptic and Community Fibre both being available to a number of flats in London.

As Q4 2019 has just ended, our analysis of all the speed tests seen during the quarter suggests that the take-up rate is somewhere around the 36% mark when you look at the UK as a whole. We expect the take-up rate to actually fall for a while as various providers ramp up their roll-out speed.

If the build rates continue as they are now then the maths suggest we will hit the 50% mark in eight years time. When you take the rate seen over the 12 months though the 50% mark slips out to 2031 but the difference between the two tells us that the build rate has been accelerating. 100% full fibre coverage is of course even further away with projections suggesting 2045. 

If there is a 100% FTTP goal for the end of 2025, then the UK needs to be passing 12,470 premises each day, i.e. adding 0.04% to the total. The Government's goal is different though since it is 100% Gigabit availability for the end of 2025 and within a couple of years the whole Virgin Media network should meet that criteria, but since the vast majority of the FTTP being built is commercially driven and the low cost areas are the dense urban area where cable networks already exist there will be many millions with a choice of two Gigabit network operators. 

Comments

so we may get full fibre here in the next 40 years.

  • zyborg47
  • 21 days ago

Its ok you can now get RJ-45 ports installed in coffins

  • topbloke
  • 21 days ago

@topbloke, RJ-45? Luxury! In our area they still have RS-232.

  • sheephouse
  • 21 days ago

Have just ordered by ultrafast in Carlton Colville Lowestoft took ten years to get here

  • fibreop
  • 20 days ago

Bt ultrafast not by

  • fibreop
  • 20 days ago

Eight years is too long. Have been waiting since 2012 when FTTC became available for another service other than OR to show in our area. Virgin Media has proven to be quite unreliable in local area, and as of yet no in-fill deployed to continue fibre into our street. Potentially we are looking at 10+ years here before UltraFast in some form can be ordered, that is crazy. The town I live in has a population of 50,000 approx, and the street has 100+ houses that can't get Virgin Media. Less than 60Mbps down, and now only 19Mbps up!

  • Spitfire400
  • 16 days ago

@Spitfire400, sorry, but if you get get 60Mbps down you ought to consider yourself lucky - there are still lots of people waiting for any form of superfast broadband to become available. We were only upgraded to ADSL2+ two years ago.

  • sheephouse
  • 14 days ago

Our ADSL2+ only came March 2019, so now get downloads of 3.7 bursting to 4.0Mbps and uploads of 0.3 bursting to 0.4Mbps

  • brianhe
  • 14 days ago

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