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

The pace of full fibre network construction is still fairly normal at this point in time, but the expectation is that in a few weeks we will see the build rates dipping in response to the numerous network construction teams moving to much more of an essential work model. Operators will be keen to keep building of course, but priority will be going to Internet connectivity to support locations such as the new Nightingale hospitals and other key locations.

Last month we introduced the Gigabit column to the results table. This month now the broadband USO has launched and we have been able to see exactly how the ADSL2+ upload speeds are handled we are dropping the old 10 Mbps and 1 Mbps USO figure (which included ALL ADSL2+ connections) and replacing it with our 10 Mbps download column. This is because based on what we can see people with 11 or 12 Mbps ADSL2+ connections are not considered eligible for USO support. The full broadband coverage pages will still offer the full suite of figures, i.e. we are not throwing any data away.

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 April 2020
(change since 7th March 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

West Midlands 98.8% 97.5% (=) 70.4% (+0.1) 44.5% 10.90% (+0.48)
 7.43% (+0.42)
0.2% 0.8%
2,930,387 Premises 2,896,610 2,856,465 2,063,332 1,304,054 319,424
 217,726
6,320 23,427
Northern Ireland 99.3% 89% (=) 54.0% (+1.0) 42.81% 42.81% (+1.47)
 36.63% (+1.52)
4.1% 7%
835,688 Premises 830,074 743,911 451,414 357,726 357,726
 306,111
33,953 58,097
North West 98.9% 96.8% (=) 57.2% (+0.4) 22.18% 11.90% (+0.53)
 8.16% (+0.46)
0.5% 1.2%
4,113,051 Premises 4,067,708 3,981,686 2,351,444 912,386 489,523
 335,628
18,719 51,060
South East 99.2% 97.4% (=) 60.8% (+0.6) 20.07% 10.05% (+0.96)
 3.82% (+0.47)
0.2% 0.8%
2,282,335 Premises 2,263,631 2,222,546 1,386,952 457,999 229,280
 87,165
4,412 17,217
England 98.7% 96.7% (=) 62.9% (+0.2) 18.92% 12.44% (+0.43)
 7.01% (+0.30)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 1.1%
25,335,264 Premises 25,000,351 24,511,319 15,938,726 4,792,789 3,150,873
 1,775,317
83,043 279,659
Yorkshire and Humber 98.5% 96.7% (+0.1) 63.0% (+0.4) 18.48% 18.48% (+0.45)
 12.79% (+0.24)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.2%
2,701,288 Premises 2,661,364 2,611,464 1,700,846 499,115 499,115
 345,375
10,721 32,327
United Kingdom 98.6% 96.2% (=) 60.5% (+0.3) 18.44% 13.05% (+0.47)
 7.72% (+0.36)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 1.5%
30,358,744 Premises 29,929,084 29,208,481 18,366,429 5,602,747 3,960,831
 2,355,597
160,115 464,643
Great Britain 98.6% 96.4% (=) 60.7% (+0.3) 17.77% 12.20% (+0.23)
 6.94% (+0.30)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.4%
29,523,056 Premises 29,099,010 28,464,570 17,915,015 5,245,021 3,603,105
 2,049,486
126,162 406,546
London 98.4% 97.5% (=) 77% (+0.1) 16.17% 16.17% (+0.23)
 6.30% (+0.19)
0.1% 0.5%
4,691,502 Premises 4,614,879 4,572,345 3,613,534 758,489 758,489
295,490
4,346 23,382
South West 98.3% 94.9% (=) 52.3% (+0.2) 14.18% 14.03% (+0.35)
 9.30% (+0.22)
0.6% 2%
3,722,180 Premises 3,658,452 3,534,137 1,947,193 527,906 522,201
 346,328
22,832 75,946
Wales 97.9% 94.9% (=) 39.5% (+0.1) 12.86% 12.86% (+0.31)
 10.04% (+0.29)
0.7% 2.5%
1,447,360 Premises 1,417,201 1,374,209 572,180 186,128 187,128
 145,316
10,241 36,603
Scotland 97.8% 94.1% (+0.1) 51.2% (+0.4) 9.71% 9.71% (+0.56)
 4.70% (+0.39)
1.2% 3.3%
2,740,432 Premises 2,681,458 2,579,042 1,404,109 266,104 266,104
 128,853
32,878 90,284
East Midlands 99.3% 97.6% (=) 65% (+0.1) 9.04%

9.04% (+0.13)
 4.26% (+0.09)

0.3% 0.8%
1,166,095 Premises 1,157,880 1,137,831 758,275 105,385

105,385
49,723

3,154 9,567
East of England 98.7% 96% (+0.1) 56.1% (+0.3) 6.83% 6.83% (+0.41)
3.15% (+0.36)
0.4% 1.4%
2,722,044 Premises 2,722,044 2,647,773 1,547,132 188,274 188,274
 86,828
10,602 38,708
North East 98.7% 97.6% (+0.1) 58.7% (+0.1) 4.04% 4.04% (+0.12)
1.14% (+0.07)
0.2% 0.8%
970,483 Premises 957,783 947,072 570,018 39,182 39,182
 11,054
1,937 8,025

There was a soft target of 97% superfast coverage of the UK by the end of March 2020 and at 96.57% if you use the over 24 Mbps definition for superfast broadband the UK is still shy of that target. 

Comments

Your showing an all time monthly record reduction of 260,893 premises on the % below USO, which is wonderful if true. Can you confirm?

  • ValueforMoney
  • about 1 month ago

See the column heading and the note

"This month now the broadband USO has launched and we have been able to see exactly how the ADSL2+ upload speeds are handled we are dropping the old 10 Mbps and 1 Mbps USO figure (which included ALL ADSL2+ connections) and replacing it with our 10 Mbps download column."

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 month ago

Thanks, so it is a lesser B-USO definition as the upload is effectively ignored. This is tad odd given the increasing need for Video conf applications needing to work. I had hoped that Video tel rather than Voice would have been in the B-USO definition.

  • ValueforMoney
  • about 1 month ago

Not ignored exactly, but assumption seems to be 11 Mbps ADSL2+ will sync at over 1 Mbps upload

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 month ago

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