Broadband News

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

A week ago we reported our full fibre tracking had reached a figure of 19.01% and seven days later it has risen to 19.19%. There is nothing remarkable about this rise in a week and while 19.19% for FTTP coverage is still a low figure compared to other countries such as Spain it does at least show that things are improving.

The good news is that the number of premises with only sub 2 Mbps and sub 10 Mbps connectivity options decreased across all the UK regions, even if in some cases it was not a big enough drop to give a 0.1 percentage point drop. 

The bad news is that the North East is seriously lagging behind in terms of full fibre and Gigabit options.

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 January 2020
(change since 7th December 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 99.4% 89.5% (+0.1) 68.9% (+1.5) 68.65% 60.27% (+1.58)
 53.94% (+2.70)
3.9% 6.7% (-0.1)
849,497 Premises 844,020 760,723 585,279 583,189 511,980
 458,258
33,478 56,978
London 98.4% 97.6% (=) 79% (+0.1) 63.89% 21.35% (+0.40)
 9.06% (+0.16)
0.1% 0.5% (=)
4,724,363 Premises 4,649,237 4,608,840 3,731,658 3,018,456 1,008,562
427,989
4,177 21,951
West Midlands 99% 97.8% (+0.1) 73.8% (+0.5) 49.25% 16.94% (+0.64)
 11.83% (+0.41)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,949,087 Premises 2,920,872 2,884,019 2,176,565 1,452,302 499,448
 348,899
5,584 20,671
Scotland 98% 94.5% (+0.1) 56% (+0.7) 44.29% 16.99% (+0.82)
 9.64% (+0.21)
1.2% 3.1% (=)
2,757,780 Premises 2,703,895 2,604,621 1,545,090 1,221,361 468,411
 265,906
31,916 86,111
Yorkshire and Humber 98.9% 97.2% (+0.1) 67% (+0.4) 37.52% 25.68% (+1.18)
 16.61% (+0.39)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1% (-0.1)
2,719,624 Premises 2,689,395 2,644,310 1,848,549
1,020,337 698,268
 451,725
9,727 27,562
United Kingdom 98.8% 96.6% (+0.1) 64.3% (+0.5) 37.41% 19.19% (+0.63)
 12% (+0.39)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 1.4% (=)
30,615,665 Premises 30,235,228 29,566,677 19,691,784 11,451,968 5,873,638
 3,674,509
150,825 424,868
Great Britain 98.7% 96.8% (+0.1) 64.2% (+0.5) 36.51% 18.01% (+0.62)
 10.81% (+0.37)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.2% (-0.1)
29,766,168 Premises 29,391,208 28,880,954 19,106,505 10,868,779 5,361,658
 3,216,251
117,347 367,890
North West 99.1% 97.1% (=) 61% (+0.3) 36.43% 17.44% (+0.49)
 13.09% (+0.45)
0.4% 1.1% (=)
4,138,683 Premises 4,099,778 4,020,441 2,524,391 1,507,806 721,643
 541,887
17,262 46,024
England 98.9% 97.1% (=) 66.4% (+0.5) 36.28% 18.09% (+0.59)
 10.71% (+0.38)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 1% (=)
25,505,823 Premises 25,213,747 24,771,744 16,922,799 9,252,411 5,614,412
 2,732,733
74,695 244,368
South East 99.3% 97.7% (+0.1) 64.8% (+0.4) 30.17% 16.42% (+0.63)
 7% (+0.39)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,298,916 Premises 2,282,184 2,245,040 1,489,941 693,477 377,381
 160,857
3,907 15,122
Wales 98.1% 95.1% (=) 42.5% (+0.5) 26.29% 18.56% (+0.54)
 14.48% (+0.41)
0.7% 2.5% (=)
1,502,565 Premises 1,473,566 1,429,589 638,616 395,007 278,835
 217,612
10,736 37,411
East of England 99% 96.7% (+0.1) 59.5% (+0.4) 19.98% 12.36% (+0.57)
7.22% (+0.5)
0.3% 1.1% (=)
2,776,209 Premises 2,747,887 2,684,674 1,650,779 554,607 343,234
 200,366
8,800 30,338
South West 98.5% 95.5% (=) 55.9% (+0.3) 19.77% 18.71% (+0.33)
 12.31% (+0.31)
0.6% 1.8% (=)
3,751,857 Premises 3,695,804 3,583,625 2,096,410 741,632 702,081
 461,938
20,855 67,410
East Midlands 99.4% 97.9% (+0.1) 68.2% (+0.7) 15.19% 15.19% (+1.25)
 8.32% (+0.76)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
1,172,455 Premises 1,165,584 1,147,973 800,105 178,124 178,124
97,585
2,465 7,622
North East 98.8% 97.8% (=) 62% (+0.5) 8.79% 8.79% (+0.71)
4.26% (+0.31)
0.2% 0.8% (=)
974,619 Premises 963,006 952,822 604,401 85,670 85,670
 41,487
1,918 7,668

Comments

Thank you, are Wales and East Midlands >30Mbps correct? Both have got worse over the previous month. 5k in Wales and 3k in East Midlands over the previous month.

Do all new premises identified start showing no Broadband?

  • ValueforMoney
  • 14 days ago

Wales

7/1/2021 1,429,589
7/12/2020 1,428,354

East Midlands

7/1/2021 1,147,973
7/12/2020 1,144,940

Not seeing decrease in figures you mention.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 14 days ago

Sorry they were errors comparing November and December.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 13 days ago

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