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1 in 5 premises now have a Gigabit broadband option

The full fibre roll-out is racing along and full fibre is now available to 14.49% of UK premises but once you add the 1104 Mbps DOCSIS 3.1 solution from Virgin Media the UK has just broken the 20% barrier with 20.03% of premises now able to order something that is full fibre or DOCSIS 3.1 based.

The target for Gigabit coverage is 100% by the end of 2025 and while the full fibre roll-outs will see a steady increase, the Gigabit total is likely to jump periodically as Virgin Media turns on the DOCSIS 3.1 network in areas restricted to DOCSIS 3.0 at present. 

The top 20 local authorities for Gigabit coverage are:

Local Authority Name % of premises with Gigabit or FTTP available 
City of Kingston upon Hull 98.97%
Birmingham District 90.91%
Reading 90.16%
Redditch District 89.85%
Dudley District 88.23%
Tamworth District 87.78%
City of Southampton 87.63%
Solihull District 86.05%
Coventry District 85.88%
Nuneaton and Bedworth District 80.23%
Bolton District 79.56%
Walsall District 77.49%
Sandwell District 75.54%
Belfast 72.75%
Wokingham 72.42%
Warwick District 72.09%
Warrington 71.8%
West Berkshire 68.58%
Lichfield District 67.24%
Milton Keynes 67.18%

The bottom 5 local authorities for Gigabit coverage are:

Local Authority Name % of premises with Gigabit or FTTP available 
Isles of Scilly 0%
Orkney Islands 0.17%
City of Portsmouth 0.48%
Oxford District 0.60%
Lincoln District 0.69%

To find out what the overall coverage figures are in your local authority area visit which is updated at least weekly with the changes to coverage.  


@thinkbroadband What percentage is full fibre and gigabit symmetric?

  • @LightningFibre
  • comment via twitter
  • 9 months ago

> What percentage is full fibre and gigabit symmetric?

Very low. Openreach and Virgin don't offer a symmetric gigabit service, so this leaves Cityfibre/Vodafone, Hyperoptic, maybe a few smaller ones.

Openreach is rumoured to be trialing business 500/500 and 1000/1000, but these will be expensive.

  • candlerb
  • 9 months ago

so how about the major Capital of England?????

  • comnut
  • 9 months ago

Barking and Dagenham is highest London Borough at 51.1% Gigabit coverage currently.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 8 months ago

Andrew provided a response But you could look at the detailed information TBB provide...

Admittedly the info pages imho leave a lot to be desired for ease of use in finding all the information that's hiding in there if you dont already know where to look.

You guys do some great work compiling all this stuff and then it gets lost down the bottom of the page, talking about the constituencies and authorities links particularly :)

  • Swac3
  • 8 months ago

Did not link to the lists because it does not show the Gigabit figure yet

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 8 months ago

And yet my village of 1000 homes can only get ADSL... It's so frustrating seeing the rest of the areas near me having access to -both- DOCSIS and FTTC/FTTP and we have nothing. But no, it makes more sense for VM and Openreach to compete with each other...

  • stevelup
  • 8 months ago

I've just checked four neighbouring properties in the street and none of the five have access to Gigabit.

  • AlaricAdair
  • 8 months ago

There are over a hundred houses on my road and not a single 1 has any Gigabit option available.

  • CapricornDog
  • 8 months ago

The 1 in 5 is not a uniform picture across the UK, thought I'd not have to point that out by showing the top 20 and bottom 5 areas i.e. it varies greatly.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 8 months ago

Good grief...

  • CarlThomas
  • 8 months ago

@stevelup and my small town has FTTC but barely. I used to get 16Mbps ADSL where I use to live 10 years ago so 20mbps FTTC isn't really an 'improvement'. Trust me FTTC isn't that good now it's oversubscribed (I was on 30mbps when I first moved in 7 years ago). Its FTTP, meh cable or nothing really...

  • cheesemp
  • 8 months ago

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