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January 2021 update on broadband availability across the UK, nations and regions

The 97% superfast broadband target is a bit closer to being met with the coverage at over 24 Mbps standing at 96.9751%. We keep nibbling away at this target each day with the biggest contributors to meeting the target being Openreach FTTP and Gigaclear FTTP on most days.

The news that the North East has seen its FTTP coverage increase from 8.79% to 11.58% is encouraging but still leaves the region as the least served part of the UK for full fibre. Hopefully the builds from CityFibre and Openreach will continue at a pace that will let the region catch-up. 

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 February 2021
(change since 7th January 2021)
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% 89.6% (+0.1) 69.1% (+0.2) 68.89% 60.51% (+0.24)
 54.41% (+0.47)
3.9% 6.7% (=)
849,702 Premises 844,225 760,923 587,421 585,331 514,122
 462,342
33,467 56,967
London 98.4% 97.6% (=) 79.4% (+0.4) 64.43% 22.39% (+1.04)
 9.38% (+0.32)
0.1% 0.5% (=)
4,728,209 Premises 4,654,160 4,614,326 3,754,164 3,046,256 1,058,527
4443,368
4,109 21,697
West Midlands 99.1% 97.8% (=) 74.2% (+0.4) 49.64% 17.5% (+0.56)
 12.46% (+0.63)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,949,717 Premises 2,922,348 2,886,112 2,187,235 1,464,312 516,331
 367,510
5,518 20,159
Scotland 98.1% 94.6% (+0.1) 57.4% (+1.4) 45.9% 18.38% (+1.39)
 10.69% (+0.75)
1.1% 3.0% (-0.1)
2,760,871 Premises 2,709,135 2,611,574 1,585,195 1,267,372 507,421
 286,956
31,336 83,785
Yorkshire and Humber 98.9% 97.3% (+0.1) 68.3% (+1.3) 37.87% 26.08% (+0.4)
 16.92% (+0.31) (includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1% (=)
2,720,479 Premises 2,691,205 2,646,499 1,857,477
1,030,185 709,491
 460,311
9,586 27,145
United Kingdom 98.8% 96.7% (+0.1) 65% (+0.7) 38.21% 20.04% (+0.85)
 12.47% (+0.47)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 1.4% (=)
30,636,038 Premises 30,265,764 29,609,662 19,896,762 11,704,754 6,138,878
 3,819,724
147,894 415,738
Great Britain 98.8% 96.9% (+0.1) 64.8% (+0.6) 37.33% 18.88% (+0.87)
 11.27% (+0.46)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.2% (=)
29,786,336 Premises 29,421,539 28,848,739 19,309,341 11,119,423 5,624,756
 3,357,382
114,427 358,771
North West 99.1% 97.2% (+0.1) 61.5% (+0.5) 37.02% 17.89% (+0.45)
 13.42% (+0.33)
0.4% 1.1% (=)
4,140,767 Premises 4,102,875 4,024,447 2,545,752 1,532,736 740,873
 555,522
16,951 45,272
England 98.9% 97.2% (+0.1) 66.9% (+0.5) 37.02% 18.92% (+0.83)
 11.15% (+0.43)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 0.9% (-0.1)
25,522,267 Premises 25,237,842 24,805,958 17,076,328 9,447,936 4,828,851
 2,845,563
72,600 238,111
South East 99.3% 97.7% (=) 65.9% (+1.1) 31.67% 17.72% (+1.3)
 7.34% (+0.34)
0.2% 0.6% (-0.1)
2,301,108 Premises 2,284,977 2,248,833 1,516,039 728,826 407,796
 168,857
3,779 14,615
Wales 98.1% 95.2% (+0.1) 43.1% (+0.6) 26.88% 19.19% (+0.63)
 14.96% (+0.52)
0.7% 2.5% (=)
1,503,198 Premises 1,474,562 1,431,207 647,818 404,115 288,484
 224,863
10,491 36,875
East of England 99% 96.9% (+0.2) 60.1% (+0.6) 20.95% 13.41% (+1.05)
8.09% (+0.87)
0.3% 1% (-0.1)
2,778,217 Premises 2,751,527 2,691,678 1,670,555 581,920 372,676
 224,777
8,135 28,531
South West 98.5% 95.6% (+0.1) 56.5% (+0.6) 20.56% 19.48% (+0.77)
 12.81% (+0.5)
0.5% 1.7% (-0.1)
3,755,628 Premises 3,700,925 3,591,598 2,122,481 772,151 731,607
 481,254
20,247 65,675
East Midlands 99.4% 97.9% (=) 68.3% (+0.1) 15.23% 15.23% (+0.04)
 8.36% (+0.04)
0.2% 0.6% (-0.1)
1,172,589 Premises 1,165,723 1,148,390 800,608 178,621 178,621
98,082
2,374 7,422
North East 98.8% 97.8% (=) 63.8% (+1.8) 11.58% 11.58% (+2.79)
4.7% (+0.44)
0.2% 0.8% (=)
975,553 Premises 964,102 954,075 622,017 112,929 112,929
 45,882
1,901 7,593

As more FTTP operators emerge the amount of overlap is increasing at the UK wide level there is 1.433% of premises with the option of 2 or more FTTP operators. In terms of the overlap with Openreach this is at 1.05% i.e. Openreach FTTP and one or more other FTTP provider.

If all FTTP building was to stop and Virgin Media to switch on its DOCSIS 3.1 service everywhere it has DOCSIS 3.0 the Gigabit coverage figure would jump to 62.55%. Since the FTTP roll-outs are not going to suddenly stop then by the end of 2021 if Virgin Media keeps to its DOCSIS 3.1 schedule we should be looking at Gigabit coverage in the 65 to 70% region. 

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