UK reaches 14% full fibre coverage mark
The UK is seeing more FTTP appearing every day and with the 13% being hit on 4th April reaching the 14% mark just before the end of May 2020 represents a small increase in the pace of the roll-outs.
The 14.02% of premises passed by a FTTP option is of course the first step, the next is to get people to sign up to a service and get the final connection done. 5% of the speed tests we saw in Q1 2020 were using FTTP technology but this will probably not grow much in Q2 2020 because the lockdown period meant lots of people were not able to order a service.
Time for our usual reminder that the 2025 Government target is a Gigabit one, not a full fibre one. FTTP is going to be a big part of this, but the Virgin Media DOCSIS 3.0 network once all switched to DOCSIS 3.1 will be the largest contributor to whatever figure we eventually end up at on 31st March 2026. In terms of Gigabit coverage the UK is at 19.56% coverage and is expected to go up in discrete jumps as different parts of the cable network get enabled.
Looking into the crystal ball for those who want a pure FTTP future, the build rates running such that 15 million premises (approx 50% of UK) will have a FTTP option in the middle of 2030 and 100% coverage would take till 2042.
If by chance the Gigabit target was to be changed to a FTTP only one then to meet that target we would need to see 13,168 premises added to the FTTP figures every day. Or put another way rather than the 0.1 percentage point rise we see roughly each week now it would be rising by 0.3 to 0.4 percentage points a week.
The top twelve local authorities for full fibre availability are listed below, if you want to see the full list visit https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/councils which is sortable and links to each individual council.
- City of Kingston Upon Hull 98.97%
- Belfast 72.47%
- Milton Keynes 65.7%
- York 58.70%
- Salford District 57.70%
- Tameside District 56.65%
- Lisburn and Castlereagh 55.49%
- Exeter 52.89%
- Barking and Dagenham 51.11%
- Derry and Strabane 50.78%
- City of Westminster 49.54%
- East Riding of Yorkshire 47.55%
All of the top 12 have seen their coverage increase and KCOM has a big presence with East Riding of Yorkshire slipping into the top 12 displacing Southwark by virture of the expansion of the KCOM Lightstream network.