Broadband News

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

The news is that in the 8 days since we reported our tracking showing the UK with 14.02% FTTP, we have seen the UK full fibre tracking rise to 14.23%. If that pace were to continue we could see 50% full fibre coverage of the UK by the end of 2025. Combine this 50% with the DOCSIS 3.1 switch on and if the overlaps are not too severe something like 80% Gigabit is looking possible. Add to this Government work with its £5 billion for the non commercial areas and it the 100% Gigabit coverage for end of 2025 is looking possible. Of course this is just eight days and using that project a five year long roll-out is hardly scientific but it shows what is possible and therefore it is interesting to see how long this pace can be sustained.

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 June 2020
(change since 7th May 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

Northern Ireland 99.3% 89.1% (=) 57.2% (+2) 46.39% 42.81% (+3.58)
 38.77% (+2.14)
4.0% 6.9% (=)
836,683 Premises 831,081 745,158 461,539 368,411 368,411
 311,773
33,878 57,998
West Midlands 98.9% 97.6% (=) 71.2% (+0.4) 45.39% 12.11% (+0.66)
 8.32% (+0.55)
0.2% 0.8% (=)
2,935,346 Premises 2,903,727 2,864,813 2,088,514 1,332,463 355,506
 244,245
6,074 22,486
North West 99% 97.0% (+0.1) 57.7% (+0.3) 22.96% 12.68% (+0.34)
 8.80% (+0.29)
0.4% 1.2% (=)
4,118,836 Premises 4,076,879 3,993,707 2,377,351 945,745 522,132
 362,659
18,186 48,629
South East 99.2% 97.5% (=) 61.6% (+0.4) 22.2% 10.96% (+0.43)
 4.22% (+0.18)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,286,759 Premises 2,268,866 2,229,430 1,408,890 507,584 250,603
 96,530
4,370 16,376
England 98.8% 96.9% (=) 63.7% (+0.4) 20.19% 13.52% (+0.58)
 7.65% (+0.35)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 1% (-0.1)
25,377,693 Premises 25,065,048 24,596,972 16,160,571 5,124,983 3,431,657
 1,940,619
79,632 263,727
Yorkshire and Humber 98.8% 97% (+0.1) 64.1% (+0.6) 20.16% 20.16% (+1.05)
 13.64% (+0.49)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.1% (=)
2,706,636 Premises 2,673,096 2,625,013 1,735,147 545,722 545,722
 369,275
10,270 29,511
United Kingdom 98.7% 96.4% (+0.1) 61.3% (+0.4) 19.8% 14.23% (+0.65)
 8.49% (+0.42)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 1.5% (=)
30,411,455 Premises 30,008,431 29,311,474 18,655,876 6,020,827 4,327,501
 2,581,301
156,157 445,548
Great Britain 98.7% 96.6% (+0.1) 61.5% (+0.4) 19.04% 13.32% (+0.6)
 7.63% (+0.39)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.3% (=)
29,573,161 Premises 29,175,738 28,564,649 18,176,244 5,631,967 3,938,641
 2,256,277
122,292 387,582
London 98.4% 97.5% (=) 77.4% (+0.2) 17.03% 17.03% (+0.40)
 6.75% (+0.25)
0.1% 0.5% (=)
4,699,113 Premises 4,624,476 4,582,877 3,638,497 800,314 800,314
317,335
4,242 22,933
South West 98.4% 95.2% (+0.1) 53.5% (+0.7) 15.41% 15.41% (+0.91)
 10.01% (+0.49)
0.6% 1.9% (-0.1)
3,729,108 Premises 3,669,563 3,551,241 1,994,136 610,467 574,692
 373,252
21,821 71,559
Wales 98.1% 95.2% (+0.1) 40.5% (+0.7) 14.21% 14.21% (+0.89)
 11.02% (+0.62)
0.7% 2.4% (-0.1)
1,448,915 Premises 1,421,406 1,379,636 586,295 205,886 205,886
 159,672
10,103 35,021
Scotland 97.9% 94.2% (=) 52% (+0.3) 10.96% 10.96% (+0.64)
 5.68% (+0.60)
1.2% 3.2% (=)
2,746,553 Premises 2,689,284 2,588,041 1,429,378 301,098 301,098
 155,986
32,557 88,834
East Midlands 99.3% 97.7% (=) 65.5% (+0.2) 9.68%

9.68% (+0.20)
 4.76% (+0.17)

0.3% 0.8% (=)
1,167,398 Premises 1,159,568 1,140,487 764,730 113,060

113,060
55,568

3,026 9,120
East of England 98.8% 96.3% (+0.1) 57% (+0.5) 7.96% 7.96% (+0.58)
3.84% (+0.34)
0.4% 1.3% (=)
2,762,611 Premises 2,729,373 2,660,111 1,574,792 219,959 219,959
 105,987
9,762 35,466
North East 98.7% 97.7% (=) 59.5% (+0.4) 5.11% 5.11% (+0.42)
1.62% (+0.10)
0.2% 0.8% (=)
971,886 Premises 959,500 949,293 578,514 49,669 49,669
 15,768
1,881 7,647

Comments

@thinkbroadband How do I check the FTTP or Virgin cable expansion plans for my area? Just trying to see when I can… https://t.co/a6xmuqVXIX

  • @Supermaxfu
  • comment via twitter
  • about 1 month ago

Similar question,
I have seen many Openreach vans - 2 or 3 at a time with "hosepipe" type reel of blue or black "cable"? poking about in the BT / Telecoms manholes in my road, which is 3 roads off the main route. They have been down my cul-de-sac, the road leading to my road, and on the main road both above and below my turning.
There have been a number of new builds up the road * confirmed FTTP as I asked the Openreach engineer )- would that make it easier to do the next etae along with 84 properties?

Where can I see what BT / Openreach are doing in the ducts?

Postcode L357NL

Thanks

  • NeilB1
  • about 1 month ago

* typo - next ESTATE along...

  • NeilB1
  • about 1 month ago

NeilB1

Fibre first site gives details of future programmes. https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband/fibre-first#fibrefirstlocations

Thinkbroadband map gives where FTTP already exists. https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/index.php?tab=2&election=1#15/53.4194/-2.7878/exchanges/geafttp/

As your area already has FTTC it is only the Fibre first programme that is likely to provide anything and so far you are not listed. See map for Liverpool on the OR site.

  • jumpmum
  • about 1 month ago

Northern Ireland looks interesting. 99.3% full/hybrid fibre but 4.0% under 2 Mbps. There must be a lot of really long FTTC lines.

  • hvis42
  • about 1 month ago

Jumpmum,
Thanks for that. I had looked where you suggested and found my area is not on the list.

OR vans up the road again today, I asked them and they are doing first ( infrastructure ? ) install of fibre for FTTP, along the roads, ready to run the last length once the FTTP product is available. Not sure of timescale as there is other work to do when they finish this bit.

They had been digging up the main road a few weeks ago, twice, maybe building a new chamber for the cable and hardware?

Thanks
NeilB1

  • NeilB1
  • about 1 month ago

I still find these statistics a little off. I know I moan about this a lot here but at work (considering I work for an IT company) a good 50% of my colleagues are struggling sub 30mbps (I'm quoted up to 34mbps but only see 20mbps sync). We don't all live in the middle of nowhere - Some do granted (rural new forest) but we're talking about the Southampton/Portsmouth/Bournemouth area. Only one person I'm aware of has FTTP, a few others in cities have Virgin. The rest seem to have equally awful FTTC to me. I just can't square the stats to my experiences or is my area just behind the curve?

  • cheesemp
  • about 1 month ago

https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/postcode-search if its wrong for your postcode then let us know and we will look at why

Bournemouth has a decent sized CityFibre/Vodafone Gigafast presence and lots of Virgin RFOG going on in places like Christchurch

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 month ago

Thanks Andrew but you already adjusted it once before. It still shows I can get Superfast 24Mb> but I can't (and my speedtest results look like they are the only ones you have for the postcode). As I say it may just be unrepresentative personal experience, but it still feels like there is some disconnect. Interesting you mention Bournemouth as that is where the few colleagues on decent connections live!
Just check out the local map with/without virginmedia and all FTTP providers selected - imgur.com/a/xMzlUuN
Without virgin it's pretty sparse and they have big gaps in coverage.

  • cheesemp
  • about 1 month ago

NeilB1

I think its purple cable or "hosepipe" you want to watch out for, thats the fibre colour

  • Bazzaar
  • about 1 month ago

Fibre cables are usually black for what Openreach deploy

If there is fibre tubing involved (rare these days) then 1 inch diameter tube with smaller coloured tubes in it. Main outer is black with a yellow stripe.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 month ago

Purple is usually PIA

  • ribble
  • 30 days ago

@cheesemp it maybe worth looking at juice internet. Also cityfibre has reached quite close to christchurch. New Milton has Virgin too.

Further in the new forest, some are more stuck.

  • taras
  • 30 days ago

Thanks Taras. In the waterside (hythe/dibden purlieu) there is naff all. Its not like the area doesn't have a lot of housing... I sometimes think because you can go nowhere from here they don't like it as your laying with no future expansion routes.

  • cheesemp
  • 24 days ago

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