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

It is the 7th of the month so time for our regular update on where the various nations and regions of the UK stand in respect to the various broadband targets.

The FTTP roll-outs are continuing to accelerate and we only hit the 15% mark on 16th July and the roll-outs have pushed this to 15.48% as of 7th August. 15% is of course not a massive figure hence the regular complaints in comments about the state of UK FTTP availability but the key message is that things are changing and the pace is picking up.

The improved pace of the FTTP roll-outs is very apparent when you look at the change figures for UK from 12 months ago, when for all operators the change was 0.43 compared to 0.67 this month, and for Openreach its 0.29 versus 0.52. Whether this is enough to reach the 100% Gigabit is hard to predict and every month that passes without the Government announcing which firm or firms have the contracts for the final 10 to 20% makes reaching that target on time harder.

Scotland has moved up into third place courtesy of the Gigabit switch-on from Virgin Media. With the North East region propping up the bottom of the table with just 5.73% Gigabit coverage the roll-out of services is looking unfair but it will only take a DOCSIS 3.1 in a couple of cities to jump the Gigabit coverage levels in the region.

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 August 2020
(change since 7th July 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% 89.2% (+1) 59.2% (+1.2) 49.37% 49.37% (+1.67)
 43.26% (+2.47)
4.0% 6.9% (=)
840,652 Premises 835,063 749,696 497,268 415,051 415,051
 363,659
33,819 57,669
West Midlands 99% 97.7% (+0.1) 71.9% (+0.4) 46.03% 13.33% (+0.73)
 9.35% (+0.6)
0.2% 0.7% (-0.1)
2,939,429 Premises 2,908,912 2,870,551 2,114,428 1,353,111 394,780
 274,707
5,961 21,853
Scotland 98% 94.3% (=) 53.4% (+0.5) 40.87% 12.92% (+0.88)
 6.91% (+0.69)
1.2% 3.2% (=)
2,751,141 Premises 2,695,206 2,594,758 1,467,788 1,124,500 355,529
 190,185
32,310 87,783
North West 99% 97.0% (=) 58.7% (+0.5) 33.3% 14.17% (+0.67)
 10.15% (+0.66)
0.4% 1.2% (=)
4,127,019 Premises 4,086,100 4,003,483 2,421,004 1,374,501 584,646
 419,031
18,080 48,260
Yorkshire and Humber 98.8% 97% (=) 65% (+0.3) 32.97% 20.41% (+1.25)
 14.4% (+0.3)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.1% (=)
2,710,261 Premises 2,677,260 2,629,587 1,760,620 893,476 580,330
 390,196
10,172 29,181
United Kingdom 98.7% 96.4% (=) 62.1% (+0.4) 25.73% 15.48% (+0.67)
 9.47% (+0.52)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 1.5% (=)
30,513,074 Premises 30,116,322 29,421,683 18,941,805 7,850,521 4,724,081
 2,890,492
155,658 442,468
Great Britain 98.7% 96.6% (=) 62.2% (+0.4) 25.06% 14.52% (+0.64)
 8.52% (+0.47)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.3% (=)
29,672,422 Premises 29,281,259 28,671,987 18,444,537 7,435,470 4,309,030
 2,526,833
121,839 384,799
England 98.8% 97% (+0.1) 64.4% (+0.3) 23.96% 14.68% (+0.62)
 8.52% (+0.45)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 1% (=)
25,420,625 Premises 25,114,963 24,651,133 16,373,664 6,089,801 3,732,332
 2,164,978
78,660 259,074
South East 99.2% 97.5% (=) 62.3% (+0.4) 23.03% 11.79% (+0.46)
 4.81% (+0.23)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,290,058 Premises 2,272,655 2,233,360 1,427,695 527,324 269,962
 110,064
4,344 16,119
London 98.4% 97.6% (+0.1) 78% (+0.2) 18.18% 18.18% (+0.52)
 7.41% (+0.26)
0.1% 0.5% (=)
4,707,321 Premises 4,634,028 4,592,380 3,672,600 855,703 855,703
348,893
4,213 22,838
South West 98.4% 95.3% (=) 54.2% (+0.4) 17.34% 16.38% (+0.58)
 10.77% (+0.45)
0.6% 1.9% (=)
3,737,788 Premises 3,679,123 3,561,855 2,025,644 647,987 612,212
 402,632
21,700 70,539
Wales 98% 95.0% (-0.1) 40.2% (+0.3) 14.74% 14.74% (+0.63)
 11.44% (+0.45)
0.7% 2.5% (=)
1,500,656 Premises 1,471,090 1,426,096 603,085 221,169 221,169
 171,670
10,869 37,942
East Midlands 99.3% 97.7% (=) 66.2% (+0.4) 11.19%

11.19% (+1.01)
 5.82% (+0.72)

0.2% 0.8% (=)
1,168,936 Premises 1,161,104 1,142,358 773,371 130,816

130,816
68,064

2,785 8,797
East of England 98.8% 96.4% (+0.1) 57.6% (+0.3) 9.08% 9.08% (+0.58)
4.73% (+0.48)
0.4% 1.2% (-0.1)
2,766,984 Premises 2,734,624 2,666,760 1,594,885 251,158 251,158
 130,918
9,517 34,233
North East 98.8% 97.7% (=) 60% (+0.2) 5.73% 5.73% (+0.46)
2.1% (+0.34)
0.2% 0.8% (=)
972,829 Premises 961,157 950,799 583,417 55,725 55,725
 20,473
1,888 7,641

The focus for the last month has not just been on the Gigabit and FTTP services we have continued to work our way across Wales particularly with respect to the number of premises in each area. The changes in the premises counts are what has caused the superfast figure to dip slightly again, rather than some VDSL2 or FTTP vanishing.

Comments

As usual there is good progress in gigabit coverage, but hardly any drop in sub-USO connections. Very disappointing for those of us with sub-USO fixed line options.

  • sheephouse
  • about 1 month ago

Whereabouts in the country are you Sheephouse, approximately ?

I'm in the Northern Lot for R100 in Moray Scotland, one of the 1.2% in scotland under 2M Download. (on fixed lines services) or One of the bottom 0.5% in the UK if you prefer :)

Also in a poor mobile reception area at ground level, loads of dead spots as you drive around here, Count myself very fortunate that from the chimney I can point a 4G antenna to a fairly distant mast and pull a decent connection, I think it's going to be a very long time before any other options appear.

  • Swac3
  • about 1 month ago

I am in the same situation - semi-rural South-West near Ayr and Prestwick. FTTC is available at 5.0down, 0.8up but 4G mobile is very patchy as we live in a shadow area over a crest. My serving 4G mast is a good distance away too. Virgin Media go past us a mile away but have "no plans to expand into your area". With the use of a tall pole I can get daytime 4G speeds of 10-15Mbps so I am currently investigating a directional antenna. I reckon it will be a pretty safe investment I will get years of use out of.

  • DanielCoffey
  • about 1 month ago

Note the figures for Scotland suggest any improvements are premises that already had 30Mbps and over. Again in rural SW ADSL2+ 3.5down, 0.38up, moved to 4G on Three, slightly eratic, but always faster when it works.

  • brianhe
  • about 1 month ago

I'm in the southern part of the Forest of Dean - one the 10% that are still sub-10Mbps (15% are sub-superfast). We are part of the much delayed Gigaclear build, which was due for completion in 2018, but which is now due to start this quarter (it was due to start last quarter too). There is still no evidence of any work in progress, or being prepared, so I expect it to slip again.
Fortunately I can get 4G, but it is no substitute for a good fixed line.

  • sheephouse
  • about 1 month ago

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