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New build homes October 2020 update on broadband options

Today we look at our updated figures for what is going on with new build homes with respect to broadband. The low volume of new properties seen in the January to July 2020 period that this data covers was covered on Thursday.

More new homes are appearing with full fibre as the default broadband option but the concern now is that there appears to be a levelling off and after all these years there are still homes being built with just ADSL or ADSL2+ access and speeds below 10 Mbps.

We are beginning to suspect based on what we saw when figuring out the coverage for each of the new postcodes that full fibre is the default for larger developments, but very small developments of 3 or 4 homes are those invariably missing out on superfast and full fibre options.

That homes are being built with less than 10 Mbps speeds by default when there is a broadband USO of 10 Mbps should be a major concern and every one of these is also making the Gigabit target harder to reach. Imagine what would happen if a developer was to build a house where the maximum mains load was only 3 amps and a standard kettle would not work.

Trends in UK new build broadband coverage since 2012
Levels of superfast and full fibre coverage in UK new builds since 2012
thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Full Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and English regions for new build premises - figures 16th October 2020
Area% fibre based
VDSL2 or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
FTTP,cable,G.fast
%
Full Fibre
and
Openreach FTTP
% Overlap between Openreach and another FTTP operator% Under 2 Mbps download% Below USO
10 Mbps download

UK 2020
60,183 premises
98.5% 97.5% 88.2% 87.1%
72.6%
11.5% 0.4% 1.2%
UK 2019
193,478 premises
98.3% 97.3% 87.6% 85.8%
73.4%
11% 0.2% 1%
UK 2018
217,046 premises
97.1% 96.2% 78.7% 75.8%
 63.9%
10.3% 0.2% 0.9%
UK 2017 167,809 premises 95.5% 94.6% 60.2% 52.2%
 38.1%
7.7% 0.1% 0.9%
East of England 2020
5,081 premises
98.8% 98.2% 83.8% 82.8%
 53.3%
2.3% 0.1% 0.5%
East of England 2019
17,852 premises
99% 98% 86.3% 84.4%
 64%
9.2% 0.4% 0.9%
East Midlands 2020
1,882 premises
97.8% 97.6% 90% 89.9%
 67.4%
0% 0% 0.4%
East Midlands 2019
5,928 premises
97.7% 96.7% 88.3% 86.5%
 76.6%
4.7% 0.1% 0.7%
London 2020
14,102 premises
99.3% 99% 93.3% 92.3%
 75.9%
38.9% 0.1% 0.6%
London 2019
32,093 premises
98.2% 96.8% 89.5% 86.3%
 71.3%
36.1% 0% 0.6%
North East 2020
948 premises
92.9% 91.2% 80.2% 79.3%
63.1%
0% 0.3% 5.2%
North East 2019
7,047 premises
98% 97.2% 81.6% 79.4%
72.4%
6.2% 0.1% 0.6%
North West 2020
7,920 premises
99.2% 97.9% 87.3% 85.7%
83.6%
8.9% 0.8% 1.5%
North West 2019
20,725 premises
98.6% 97.9% 87.2% 85.8%
83%
9.7% 0.1% 0.7%
Northern Ireland 2020
1,109 premises
99.8% 98.3% 92.8% 91.2%
 91.2%
0% 1.4% 1.4%
Northern Ireland 2019
4,185 premises
98% 96.3% 90.1% 88.8%
 88.8%
0.8% 0.4% 1.4%
Scotland 2020
3,079 premises
98.7% 98.3% 93.3% 92.2%
 81.6%
0.6% 0% 0.1%
Scotland 2019
17,993 premises
98.3% 97.3% 88.6% 88%
 82.6%
5.5% 0.4% 1.3%
South East 2020
6,671 premises
97.5% 96% 89.4% 88.6%
63.3%
6% 0.7% 2.3%
South East 2019
24,951 premises
98.9% 98.3% 90.2% 87.8%
68.5%
7.7% 0.1% 0.6%
South West 2020
7,213 premises
96.9% 95.2% 81.2% 79.9%
59%
0.4% 0.4% 0.9%
South West 2019
22,684 premises
98.5% 97.3% 87.3%

86.2%

69.9%

1.7% 0.4% 1.2%
Wales 2020
1,303 premises
98.8% 96.9% 82.7% 81.2%
79%
0% 1.7% 2.8%
Wales 2019
4,842 premises
97.4% 96.6% 83.1% 82.7%
 72%
0.4% 0.2% 2.8%
West Midlands 2020
5,238 premises
98.8% 98.1% 86.4% 85.5%
82.2%
1.4% 0.5% 1.5%
West Midlands 2019
17,925 premises
97.7% 96.7% 87.5% 86.3%
74%
5.2% 0.2% 1.4%
Yorkshire and Humber 2020
5,637 premises
98.7% 97.5% 88.5% 86.9%
79.1%
1.2% 0.1% 1.2%
Yorkshire and Humber 2019
17,253 premises
97.3% 96.2% 84.5% 83.1%
72.7%
5.6% 0.3% 1.4%

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