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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.


@thinkbroadband And in financial Q3 of 20/21 we assured £640m of new Superfast contracts across Scotland R100 North…

  • @jus_leese
  • comment via twitter
  • 13 days ago

There is more Virgin Media to be found in Weston-super-Mare, however they appear to have given up and moved to Burnham-on-Sea. Maybe because CityFibre start this month.

  • Somerset
  • 13 days ago

This time last year I was in that bottom 4% and now I have a choice of two full fibre providers. Ive also noticed that very near us a large area has a choice of Virgin, FTTC, Gfast, Cityfibre and soon to have Openreach FTTP, mad really!

  • rolandrat
  • 13 days ago

A number of postcodes in my local area (SE Kent) that are sub-superfast are either being or are planned to be upgraded to full fibre and they are not part of any CFP or Fibre First program from what I can see (small villages etc).

A couple of postcodes near containing about 90ish properties (all under 18Mbps) which I added as part of a CFP have been removed from the application as they're actually in the natural build plan (this wasn't the case when I was adding them).

Unfortunately I'm still on around 20Mbps/1Mbps and not in any build plan, so we're pursuing a CFP for our area instead.

  • SlimJ
  • 13 days ago

@thinkbroadband We’ve also delivered 100% fax coverage

  • @conalhenry
  • comment via twitter
  • 13 days ago

How do these figures account for the many premises that cannot get landline based broadband anywhere near 24 or 30 Mbps (it would be low single figures for me), but perhaps could get a wireless based service, such as offered in some areas by Air Broadband?

My neighbours and I are in that category. I use Air Broadband via a dish high on my house and get near 30Mbps (6 miles distant), but some people who probably could have not so far taken this option. In some cases this may be because they cannot place a dish with line of sight to the Air transmitter.

So are we part of the 26,587 or not?

  • Davidhs
  • 10 days ago

In reality we as a country are nowhere near the target. Their is a huge disparity between what people can receive and what is included in the figures. I wonder how many of the 97% can’t actually get superfast broadband.

  • markroxxy
  • 10 days ago

Quote "In reality we as a country are nowhere near the target. Their [sic] is a huge disparity between what people can receive and what is included in the figures."

Interesting, what evidence do you have to back up your assertion that Andrew's data is incorrect?

  • New_Londoner
  • 10 days ago

I can only achieve up to 20mbps, but I am included in the stats for superfast broadband. This is backed up by an Openreach engineer who confirmed that higher speeds are not possible and are in line with expectations given the distance from the cabinet.

I believe that the 97% is probably those with FTTC availability, but this doesn’t always mean you get speeds of 24/30mbps.

In order to achieve superfast speeds, I have been quoted £17k to upgrade to fibre on demand.

So it seems I am included in the stats on the basis the line could achieve superfast speeds, but only if the line is upgraded.

  • markroxxy
  • 10 days ago

I stand corrected. The data has now been changed to reflect that superfast broadband is unavailable in my postcode.

  • markroxxy
  • 10 days ago

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