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

The Government downgrading its 2025 Gigabit ambition from 100% coverage to 85% coverage has somewhat knocked the wind out of the urgency to build a lot now commercially. Exactly what the effect will be will probably take a year or two to see though due to long timescales involved in the planning and roll-out of FTTP and other Gigabit servic

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 December 2020
(change since 7th November 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% 89.4% (=) 67.4% (+1.3) 67.1% 58.69% (+1.46)
 51.24% (+1.63)
4.0% 6.8% (=)
845,717 Premises 840,179 756,395 570,228 567,455 496,315
 447,097
33,563 57,138
London 98.4% 97.6% (=) 78.9% (=) 62.2% 20.95% (+0.72)
 8.9% (+0.4)
0.1% 0.5% (=)
4,720,999 Premises 4,646,799 4,606,266 3,726,495 2,936,380 988,830
420,340
4,189 21,984
West Midlands 99% 97.7% (=) 73.3% (+0.3) 47.76% 16.3% (+0.49)
 11.42% (+0.42)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,947,254 Premises 2,918,250 2,880,630 2,160,573 1,407,488 480,421
 336,596
5,740 21,317
Scotland 98% 94.4% (=) 55.3% (+0.6) 43.36% 16.17% (+0.77)
 9.43% (+0.52)
1.2% 3.1% (=)
2,756,466 Premises 2,701,886 2,602,097 1,524,820 1,195,129 445,718
 259,935
31,953 86,425
United Kingdom 98.7% 96.5% (=) 63.8% (+0.4) 36.36% 18.53% (+0.68)
 11.61% (+0.48)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 1.4% (=)
30,586,571 Premises 30,199,785 29,520,820 19,522,429 11,122,110 5,668,886
 3,551,066
152,996 431,834
North West 99% 97.1% (=) 60.7% (+0.5) 36.02% 16.96% (+0.56)
 12.64% (+0.51)
0.4% 1.1% (-0.1)
4,135,323 Premises 4,095,902 4,014,842 2,508,707 1,489,481 701,347
 522,751
17,854 47,218
Great Britain 98.7% 96.7% (=) 63.7% (+0.4) 35.49% 17.39% (+0.66)
 10.44% (+0.45)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.3% (=)
29,740,854 Premises 29,359,606 28,764,425 18,952,201 10,554,655 5,172,571
 3,103,969
119,433 374,696
Yorkshire and Humber 98.8% 97.1% (=) 66.6% (+0.3) 35.26% 24.5% (+0.60)
 16.12% (+0.47)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.1% (=)
2,715,928 Premises 2,683,331 2,636,492 1,809,212 957,687 665,293
 437,775
9,985 28,701
England 98.8% 97.1% (=) 65.9% (+0.4) 35.21% 17.49% (+0.64)
 10.33% (+0.43)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 1% (=)
25,482,135 Premises 25,184,852 24,733,974 16,796,205 8,972,132 4,456,120
 2,632,621
76,727 250,504
South East 99.3% 97.6% (=) 64,4% (+0.8) 29.52% 15.79% (+1.22)
 6.61% (+0.29)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,295,901 Premises 2,279,037 2,241,382 1,478,679 677,717 362,532
 151,866
4,104 15,520
Wales 98% 95.1% (=) 42% (+0.5) 25.79% 18.02% (+0.73)
 14.07% (+0.56)
0.7% 2.5% (=)
1,502,253 Premises 1,472,868 1,428,354 631,176 387,394 270,733
 211,413
10,753 37,767
South West 98.5% 95.5% (+0.1) 55.6% (+0.4) 19.43% 18.38% (+0.6)
 12% (+0.49)
0.6% 1.8% (=)
3,747,437 Premises 3,691,297 3,577,957 2,084,816 728,255 688,704
 449,714
21,179 68,052
East of England 98.9% 96.6% (+0.1) 59.1% (+0.4) 19.22% 11.79% (+0.67)
6.72% (+0.57)
0.3% 1.1% (-0.1)
2,774,286 Premises 2,744,378 2,679,242 1,638,229 533,169 327,038
 186,527
9,058 31,564
East Midlands 99.4% 97.8% (=) 67.5% (+0.3) 13.94%

13.94% (+0.46)
 7.56% (+0.18)

0.2% 0.7% (=)
1,170,926 Premises 1,163,406 1,144,940 790,329 163,277

163,277
88,528

2,699 8,478
North East 98.8% 97.8% (=) 61.5% (+0.2) 8.08% 8.08% (+0.21)
3.95% (+0.2)
0.2% 0.8% (=)
974,081 Premises 962,452 952,223 599,165 78,678 78,678
 38,524
1,919 7,670

Northern Ireland is still the place to live you want access to a Gigabit connection, or even if you only buy the slower speeds you can future proof your home for broadband by getting a full fibre service connected.

The constant rise in the rate of FTTP being found appears to have slowed down slightly, and this is even before taking a break in data curation between Christmas and New Year. We had been hoping to close out 2020 with just about reaching a 19% FTTP coverage figure but this is looking unlikely unless we have been looking in all the wrong places for more FTTP in the last month. Some of this might be people like CityFibre have been issuing lots of announcements about starting to build but we have not seen any new cities appear with obvious coverage for a couple of months.

For those who tracking the figures rather than percentages you will notice that some regions have seen a bigger jump in the number of premises and this is because we have started our quarterly sweep for new properties and are around a fifth of the way through the list of new and changed postcodes.

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