UK 26,857 premises away from old 97% superfast target
The UK has had two definitions for superfast broadband and while in daily use a definition of 30 Mbps and faster is the most common version, the original 90%, 95% and 97% targets were all based on the easier to reach faster than 24 Mbps version.
The original ambition once the 95% superfast coverage had been hit in 2018 was to carry on with superfast investment with an ambition of 97 to 98% superfast coverage by 2020.
Unfortunately a mixture of new build homes, failures of some contracts notably Devon and Somerset and delays with the second phases on Wales and Scotland meant that the target slipped.
As things stand today UK superfast coverage at over 24 Mbps is 96.91% of UK premises and assuming no big chunk of new homes are found without superfast broadband we need to find another 26,857 premises where superfast service is available.
The monitoring of the rate of change in the last 12 months is suggesting that we might see a solid 97% in April 2021, but we have been having a series of good days recently e.g Thursday 7th January saw us flag superfast availability (the majority being FTTP) to another 2,500 premises. The uncertainity is whether we have just looked in all the right places recently or whether there is lots more to be found, so we will continue our hunting.