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

We trust everyone had a good break over Christmas and New Year, the holidays does not look to have adversely impacted the various roll-outs.

The superfast figure for the UK has increased slightly to 96.5% (96.4530%), but does not yet round up to the 97% ambition that Government had hoped to reach at the end of March 2020 and based on the pace of the recent months may not be reached until December 2020. The problems in Devon and Somerset with the CDS Gigaclear contracts has not helped. We estimate that there is something like 0.1 percentage points of extra superfast coverage via VDSL2 cabinets yet to be found across the UK but the number of new VDSL2 cabinets is tailing off very quickly. The drop in the number of new VDSL2 cabinets is down to FTTP being the preferred solution now but we are only finding around 7,000 to 8,000 premises each month where FTTP is the first superfast option. 

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 January 2020
(change since 7th December 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 99.3% 97.8% (=) 97.5% 64.2% (+0.9) 7.26% (+1.02)
 3.65% (+0.13)
0.3% 1.3% (=)
1,159,845 Premises 1,151,270 1,134,480 1,130,537 744,034

84,157
42,349

3,324 14,968
North East 98.6% 97.7% (=) 97.5% 57.4% (+0.4) 2.78% (+0.45)
0.94% (+0.04)
0.2% 1.7% (-0.1)
968,168 Premises 954,949 946,150 944,003 555,741 26,878
 9,138
1,888 16,727
South East 99.1% 97.7%(=) 97.3% 59.4% (+0.3) 7.93% (+0.29)
 3.11% (+0.09)
0.2% 1.3% (-0.1)
2,272,335 Premises 2,252,539 2,220,085 2,211,450 1,349,171 180,233
 70,610
4,512 30,303
West Midlands 98.8% 97.6% (=) 97.4% 69.6% (+0.3) 9.36% (+0.47)
 6.32% (+0.30)
0.2% 1.7% (=)
2,917,951 Premises 2,882,716 2,848,307 2,841,534 2,031,326 272,979
 184,345
6,481 49,618
London 98.3% 97.5% (=) 97.3% 76.2% (+0.2) 14.39% (+0.47)
 5.73% (+0.28)
0.1% 2.0% (=)
4,677,200 Premises 4,595,756 4,561,145 4,552,906 3,562,223 673,130
268,209
4,393 93,281
North West 98.8% 97.1% (=) 96.8% 55.7% (+0.4) 9.03% (+0.44)
 6.83% (+0.30)
0.5% 2.0% (=)
4,091,752 Premises 4,044,541 3,972,887 3,958,708 2,278,189 369,485
 279,614
18,733 81,097
England 98.6% 97% (+0.1) 96.6% 61.8% (+0.3) 10.57% (+0.50)
 6.17% (+0.25)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 2.1% (=)
25,229,602 Premises 24,873,737 24,464,352 24,378,634 15,602,685 2,666,303
 1,556,247
84,814 526,884
Yorkshire and Humber 98.4% 96.8% (=) 96.5% 61.6% (+0.4) 15.98% (0.78)
 11.96% (+0.42)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.3% (=)
2,691,403 Premises 2,648,200 2,605,800 2,597,332 1,658,020 441,017
 321,819
10,992 62,223
Great Britain 98.5% 96.6% (=) 96.3% 59.6% (+0.3) 10.34% (+0.50)
 6.09% (+0.27)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.4% (=)
29,407,061 Premises 28,958,429 28,419,813 28,317,081 17,520,127 3,041,718
 1,791,720
127,978 695,703
United Kingdom 98.5% 96.5% (+0.1) 96.1% 59% (+0.3) 11.03% (+0.55)
 6.78% (+0.32)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 2.5% (=)
30,237,317 Premises 29,782,990 29,164,805 29,055,586 17,933,088 3,335,802
 2,049,742
161,757 750,732
East of England 98.6% 96.4% (+0.1) 95.8% 55.3% (+0.2) 5.57% (+0.39)
2.46% (+0.16)
0.4% 2.3% (=)
2,745,603 Premises 2,707,137 2,645,462 2,631,290 1,518,361 152,037
 67,405
11,154 62,426
Wales 97.8% 95.3% (=) 94.9% 38.4% (+0.3) 11.28% (+0.38)
 9.36% (+0.18)
0.7% 3.4% (=)
1,444,337 Premises 1,413,276 1,376,099 1,369,978 552,874 162,988
 135,172
10,269 49,475
South West 98.1% 95.2% (=) 94.8% 51.4% (+0.3) 12.29% (+0.47)
 8.44% (+0.33)
0.6% 3.1% (-0.1)
3,705,345 Premises 3,636,629 3,529,036 3,510,874 1,905,620 455,387
 312,758
23,337 116,241
Scotland 97.7% 94.4% (=) 94% 49.9% (+0.4) 7.77% (+0.59)
 3.67% (+0.40)
1.2% 4.4% (=)
2,733,122 Premises 2,671,416 2,580,362 2,568,469 1,363,568 212,427
 100,301
32,895 119,344
Northern Ireland 99.3% 89.7% (=) 89% 49.7% (+0.6) 35.42% (+2.44)
 31.08% (+3.02)
4.1% 7% (+0.1)
830,256 Premises 824,561 744,992 738,505 412,961 294,084
 258,022
33,779 57,809

The trend of little change in the superfast figures but bigger changes in the FTTP figures continues as the various commercial roll-outs push on in the largely urban areas. Northern Ireland as a region is the place to be if you want FTTP and Belfast with 63.8% FTTP coverage is second only to Kingston Upon Hull in terms of availability of full fibre in a local authority.

The work discovering what broadband options are available to latest postcodes released (Aug, Sept, Oct 2019) is well underway and should complete in the next five to six weeks, but with the new build superfast coverage sitting in the 94.5 to 95% region for 2019 this is another factor in why the overall UK superfast figures are slightly behind the times. 

Comments

Thanks, the South West saw an increase in >24Mps of 7k premises, might wish to check England, looks to be missing some. UK, GB look ok

As the problem reduces the interaction between the total increase in premises ie 22k and its relationship with B_USO (7.3k fewer) and the increase >24Mbps 31.6k might need explaining but I am not sure how you do it.

Including the least well served constituencies might help.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 20 days ago

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 20 days ago

Fixed the England superfast premises figure

As for adding more constituencies https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/ has all 650 in a collapsed list if that is what you want.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 20 days ago

Ultrafast figures seem to be increasing nicely around the country. In contrast, below USO numbers appear to be almost stagnant everywhere from month to month, indicating those who already had decent speed can now go even faster. I guess this is what is expected - urban EO areas and very remote locations just never make it on top of anyone's list as there is always something that can be done cheaper elsewhere.

  • hvis42
  • 19 days ago

Once Welsh contract and R100 kick in things will pick up the USO figures a little, the CDS delays in South West have not helped.

Plus there is the odd new build appearing that seems to have copper only, sometimes Virgin or someone else appears at a later date, so things sometimes get worse and then better a few months latter.

Another factor is the scatted nature of many of the slowest spots, and that means slower to build to even when firms decide to go there.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 19 days ago

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