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February 2020 update on broadband availability across the UK, nations and regions

As we have started tracking a specific Gigabit coverage figure representing the Virgin Media Gig1 and full fibre footprints we have changed what we display in our round-ups. Gone is the superfast 24 Mbps and faster column and inserted is a Gigabit column, also the table sort order has been changed to be in descending order of Gigabit coverage. Also a reminder that the full fibre figures do not include premises where the option to order FTTP on Demand via Openreach is present, this policy is the same as the one that means we only show FTTP coverage in CityFibre areas once the GPON FTTP service is available to the public rather than business ISP metro-ethernet availability.

The end of March is looming rapidly and unless there is 140,000 premises worth of superfast coverage added in the next three weeks we are going to miss the soft target of 97% superfast coverage. Three big things have messed this target up, the failed Devon and Somerset BDUK phase 2 contracts, which after being with Gigaclear for a while are set to be re-awarded later in the year, the second thing is the Scottish R100 contracts which are still to start delivering and the switch from VDSL2 to FTTP in almost everything delivered by the BDUK contracts extensions that are still running. The switch to more FTTP is welcome, but the build rates are a lot lower and it is not just Openreach where we see slower FTTP building than FTTC, this affects almost all the FTTP operators in rural areas.

thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Full Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, its nations and regions for premises
In descending order of Gigabit coverage - figures 7th March 2020
(change since 7th February 2020)
Area% full and partial fibre based
i.e. VDSL2, G.fast or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
FTTP, cable, G.fast
Gigabit%
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
Northern Ireland 99.3% 89% (=) 53.2% (+1.3) 41.34% 41.34% (+2.05)
 35.11% (+1.19)
4.1% 7% (+0.1)
834,442 Premises 828,825 742,584 444,232 344,946 344,946
 292,957
33,990 58,101
North West 98.9% 96.8% (=) 56.8% (+0.3) 21.54% 11.37% (+0.44)
 7.70% (+0.34)
0.5% 1.9% (-0.1)
4,108,246 Premises 4,062,366 3,976,189 2,333,249 885,043 467,304
 316,482
18,814 79,837
South East 99.2% 97.4% (+0.1) 60.2% (+0.5) 19.14% 9.09% (+0.71)
 3.45% (+0.14)
0.2% 1.3% (=)
2,278,794 Premises 2,260,011 2,219,012 1,372,601 436,056 207,197
 78,660
4,478 29,303
Yorkshire and Humber 98.5% 96.6% (+0.1) 62.6% (+0.6) 18.03% 18.03% (+0.72)
 12.55% (+0.39)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.2% (-0.1)
2,698,265 Premises 2,657,166 2,606,890 1,690,299 486,483 386,483
 338,505
10,879 59,941
London 98.4% 97.5% (+0.1) 76.9% (+0.5) 15.95% 15.95% (+1.18)
 6.11% (+0.20)
0.1% 1.9% (-0.1)
4,688,217 Premises 4,611,138 4,568,586 3,606,329 747,561 747,561
286,773
4,369 88,794
United Kingdom 98.6% 96.2% (+0.1) 60.2% (+0.4) 14.72% 12.58% (+0.68)
 7.42% (+0.28)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 2.4% (-0.1)
30,327,133 Premises 29,892,099 29,168,359 18,262,192 4,468,630 3,816,327
 2,251,439
161,038 729,536
England 98.7% 96.7% (=) 62.7% (+0.4) 14.59% 12.01% (+0.65)
 6.71% (+0.25)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 2% (-0.1)
25,306,752 Premises 24,967,539 24,476,337 15,856,522 3,691,683 3,039,380
 1,699,275
83,867 508,243
Great Britain 98.5% 96.4% (+0.1) 60.4% (+0.4) 13.98% 11.77% (+0.65)
 6.64% (+0.26)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 2.3% (=)
29,492,691 Premises 29,063,274 28,425,774 17,818,960 4,123,684 3,471,381
 1,958,482
127,048 674,287
South West 98.3% 94.9% (+0.1) 52.1% (+0.2) 13.83% 13.68% (+0.44)
 9.08% (+0.31)
0.6% 3% (-0.1)
3,719,000 Premises 3,654,466 3,529,959 1,938,976 514,298 508,593
 337,855
22,941 111,469
Wales 97.9% 94.9% (=) 39.4% (+0.5) 12.55% 12.55% (+0.63)
 9.75% (+0.14)
0.7% 3.4% (=)
1,446,515 Premises 1,416,042 1,372,911 569,911 181,475 181,475
 141,076
10,244 48,884
West Midlands 98.8% 97.5% (+0.1) 70.3% (+0.3) 10.42% 10.42% (+0.51)
 7.01% (+0.35)
0.2% 1.6% (-0.1)
2,926,454 Premises 2,892,386 2,851,984 2,056,280 304,831 304,831
 205,129
6,310 48,038
Scotland 97.8% 94% (=) 50.8% (+0.4) 9.15% 9.15% (+0.63)
 4.31% (+0.34)
1.2% 4.3% (=)
2,739,424 Premises 2,679,693 2,576,526 1,392,527 250,526 250,526
 118,131
32,937 117,160
East Midlands 99.3% 97.6% (+0.1) 64.9% (+0.4) 8.81%

8.81% (+0.5)
 4.17% (+0.21)

0.3% 1.2% (=)
1,164,728 Premises 1,156,429 1,136,231 755,397 102,667

102,667
48,572

3,270 14,347
East of England 98.7% 95.9% (=) 55.8% (+0.3) 6.42% 6.42% (+0.57)
2.79% (+0.12)
0.4% 2.2% (=)
2,752,992 Premises 2,716,345 2,641,326 1,535,051 176,691 176,691
 76,893
10,916 60,165
North East 98.7% 97.5% (=) 58.6% (+1.5) 3.92% 3.92% (+0.34)
1.07% (+0.04)
0.2% 1.7% (=)
970,056 Premises 957,232 946,160 568,340 38,053 38,053
 10,406
1,890 16,349

Comments

Could you comment on the dynamics of the South West over the previous month. >30Mbps coverage % has dropped. Premise count is up 4,220, (1,100 less than London and ~twice that of Scotland) <10Mbps is down -2,499 (good), >30Mbps is 7,083 premises which is good progress.
The premise count in the SW showed a 9.4k increase in February. Is there a relative building boom in the South West?

Is there a lag between the reporting of new properties and when coverage can be reported against those properties?

Reporting against the rural 6m might provide a more stable base.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 24 days ago

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