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

The progress on the full fibre roll-outs is the good news story, but the vast bulk of this is commercially lead roll-out and providers are picking the areas that their planning teams believe stand a good chance of delivering a good return on their investment. This means that while some areas of the UK have seen small improvements in superfast availability and a lot of that change is actually full fibre the scale of these changes mean that the old 97% superfast target is still some way and now running late (96.82% over 24 Mbps and 96.48% with 30 Mbps or faster options).

The broadband USO by design or by implementation is not going to solve the superfast gap and neither will the current or future voucher schemes, what is needed is somewhat magical in that it needs a concerted widespread effort to fill in the various superfast gaps without distracting from any of the commercial FTTP roll-outs. Stating there is £5 billion of funding for delivering Gigabit into the areas the commercial operators are ignoring is only any good if the money is given to a firm (or multiple firms) to actually deliver. The old BDUK contracts are still delivering FTTP but the volume is small and it is scattered as they work through the recycled funding.

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 October 2020
(change since 7th September 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% 89.3% (+0.1) 62.6% (+2.6) 53.47% 53.47% (+2.98)
 48.11% (+3.15)
4.0% 6.8% (-0.1)
841,246 Premises 835,758 751,186 526,789 449,825 449,825
 404,701
33,598 57,269
West Midlands 99% 97.7% (=) 72.6% (+0.3) 46.89% 14.80% (+0.63)
 10.25% (+0.49)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,943,741 Premises 2,913,978 2,876,100 2,137,291 1,380,279 435,817
 301,684
5,767 21,417
Scotland 98% 94.3% (=) 54.2% (+0.5) 42.18% 14.59% (+0.72)
 8.29% (+0.61)
1.2% 3.2% (=)
2,752,423 Premises 2,697,135 2,596,899 1,490,807 1,160,999 401,522
 228,211
32,180 87,099
North West 99% 97.0% (=) 59.7% (+0.6) 34.4% 15.61% (+0.78)
 11.53% (+0.73)
0.4% 1.2% (=)
4,130,578 Premises 4,090,196 4,008,149 2,468,201 1,422,236 644,738
 476,225
18,083 47,972
Yorkshire and Humber 98.8% 97% (=) 65.7% (+0.3) 34.11% 22.91% (+0.61)
 15.16% (+0.32)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.1% (=)
2,712,589 Premises 2,679,756 2,632,548 1,783,350 925,380 621,387
 411,258
10,066 28,918
United Kingdom 98.7% 96.5% (+0.1) 63% (+0.5) 27.17% 17.05% (+0.83)
 10.57% (+0.55)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 1.4% (=)
30,549,492 Premises 30,159,269 29,473,599 19,244,875 8,300,502 5,209,683
 3,228,757
154,321 436,453
Great Britain 98.7% 96.7% (+0.1) 63% (+0.4) 26.43% 16.02% (+0.77)
 9.51% (+0.48)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.3% (=)
29,708,246 Premises 29,323,511 28,722,413 18,718,086 7,850,677 4,759,858
 2,824,056
120,723 379,184
England 98.8% 97% (=) 65.3% (+0.5) 25.32% 16.16% (+0.79)
 9.44% (+0.46)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 1% (=)
25,454,738 Premises 25,154,666 24,698,333 16,611,674 6,444,421 4,113,079
 2,402,351
77,783 254,303
South East 99.3% 97.6% (+0.1) 63.3% (+0.3) 25.61% 13.85% (+0.89)
 5.78% (+0.42)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,293,359 Premises 2,276,493 2,238,354 1,452,485 587,301 317,687
 132,481
4,186 15,575
London 98.5% 97.6% (=) 78.9% (+0.7) 19.96% 19.96% (+1.31)
 8.25% (+0.48)
0.1% 0.5% (=)
4,716,241 Premises 4,643,697 4,602,890 3,721,519 941,146 941,146
389,051
4,195 22,133
South West 98.5% 95.4% (+0.1) 54.9% (+0.4) 18.39% 17.43% (+0.62)
 11.33% (+0.30)
0.6% 1.8% (-0.1)
3,744,437 Premises 3,686,934 3,571,677 2,057,672 688,515 652,740
 424,232
21,546 69,212
Wales 98% 95.1% (+0.1) 41% (+0.4) 16.34% 16.34% (+0.62)
 12.89% (+0.57)
0.7% 2.5% (=)
1,501,085 Premises 1,471,710 1,427,181 615,605 245,257 245,257
 193,494
10,760 37,782
East Midlands 99.3% 97.8% (+0.1) 66.6% (+0.3) 12.07%

12.07% (+0.58)
 6.42% (+0.39)

0.2% 0.7% (=)
1,169,706 Premises 1,161,972 1,143,480 779,064 141,142

141,142
75,046

2,764 8,588
East of England 98.9% 96.5% (+0.1) 58.4% (+0.4) 10.5% 10.50% (+0.63)
5.86% (+0.43)
0.3% 1.2% (=)
2,770,694 Premises 2,739,922 2,673,634 1,618,632 290,873 290,872
 162,271
9,275 32,839
North East 98.8% 97.7% (=) 61% (+0.5) 6.94% 6.94% (+0.49)
3.09% (+0.31)
0.2% 0.8% (=)
973,393 Premises 961,718 951,501 593,460 67,549 67,549
 30,103
1,901 7,649

In terms of the full UK coverage by a Gigabit capable broadband service by the end of 2025, if one were to assume all current Virgin Media DOCSIS 3.0 was converted overnight to DOCSIS 3.1 the Gigabit coverage would jump to 60.57%, i.e. taking into account overlaps between DOCSIS 3.1 and FTTP networks.

Comments

Just noticed a typo in the Aug figures, South East USO Premises shows as 165847 i believe it should have been 15847.

  • jumpmum
  • 14 days ago

Yes I did see that this morning. Difficult to update a month old article as would promote it to the top of the stack.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 14 days ago

I agree 100% with the need for a concerted effort to close the superfast gaps. If the build for the sub-USO properties continues at the same rate I calculate it will take 12.5 years on average across the UK, or 25+ years in the South West (my area).
The problem attention is now on gigabit, and the best way to gain coverage quickly is (as usual) to concentrate on urban areas. Sub-USO and sub-superfast just isn't getting the attention it needs.

  • sheephouse
  • 14 days ago

Do we know where the % at 24mbps+ 30mbsp+ data comes from?

I believe I (and my area in general) are included in this stats, but in reality these speeds cannot be achieved in my area. For example the BT Wholesale checker suggests speeds of up to 40mbps for my street and those nearby.

As i was 'only' receiving 18mbps I raised a fault with my ISP. Following an Openreach engineers visit, my speed is now up to 22mbps. The engineers stated it is not possible to achieve 40mbps due to the distance (over 1.1km) to the cabinet and this is in line with nearby streets.

  • markroxxy
  • 8 days ago

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