UK hits 16% full fibre mark
The roll-out of full fibre in the UK is gaining pace with the latest 1 percentage point jump being five days faster at 43 days than the previous 1%. The exact figure as of the morning of 28th August is 16.000439% and by the end of the day will probably have climbed to 16.01% or 16.02% depending on how successful the search for FTTP is today.
The roll-out is far from uniform and this is to be expected as one of the reasons the roll-outs are getting faster is by concentrating on specific areas. The list of local authorties where full fibre coverage is above 50% has grown from the 12 councils it was back on 16th July 2020.
The local authorities with full fibre availability above 50% 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 99.03%
- Milton Keynes 77.77%
- Belfast 74.75%
- York 62.08%
- Salford District 59.74%
- Exeter District 59.53%
- Lisburn and Castlereagh 58.67%
- Tameside District 58.51%
- Ards and North Down 55.84%
- Derry and Strabane 55.23%
- Antrim and Newtownabbey 52.76%
- Mid and East Antrim 52.43%
- City of Bristol 51.51%
- Barking and Dagenham 51.22%
- City of Westminster 50.86%
- Thanet District 50.28%
- Armargh, Banbridge and Craigavon 50.21%
There is a strong showing from councils in Northern Ireland which means the overall figure for Northern Ireland is at 50.12%.
If the pace of an extra point every 43 days is maintained then by the end of 2025 the coverage levels of full fibre might be 62% of UK premises. Projecting using the pace from the past few months though suggests 50% coverage would not be reached until early 2027. The difference in these two projections gives you some idea of the increasing pace of the roll-outs and is even more apparent if we use the overall pace from the last 12 months which suggests hitting 50% FTTP coverage in 2029.
One of the big concerns for the 2025 Gigabit target is the amount of overlap between the competing networks and in terms of FTTP at present the UK only has 0.98% of premises with a choice of two or more full fibre networks. We expect that figure to climb for example Coventry which is a CityFibre Gigabit city under construction currently has 5.14% of properties where two or more FTTP networks are available.