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New build homes February 2021 update on broadband options

It is time for our quarterly update on what is happening with broadband in new build properties. The previous update was in October 2020 and we have added the August, September and October postcodes to the dataset now.

The key takeaway is that while superfast availability appears to have leveled out at 97.7%, the amount of fibre to the premises (FTTP - full fibre) continues to increase and is at 88.5%. 

Trends in UK new build broadband coverage since 2012
Levels of superfast and full fibre coverage in UK new builds since 2012

An interesting point to note is that even for new build homes in recent years the availability of FTTP continues to improve  e.g. back in October the FTTP figure for the UK 2017 new build was at 52.2% but this has risen to 55.1% now. This is a reflection of the FTTP roll-outs by Openreach and others such as Virgin Media.

thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Full Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and English regions for new build premises - figures 25th February 2021
Area% fibre based
VDSL2 or
FTTP or
Cable
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
FTTP,cable,G.fast
%
Full Fibre
and
Openreach FTTP
% Overlap between Openreach and another FTTP operator% Under 2 Mbps download% Below USO
10 Mbps download

UK 2020
92,396 premises
98.7% 97.7% 89.7% 88.5%
75.8%
13.8% 0.3% 0.8%
UK 2019
201,939 premises
98.6% 97.7% 88.7% 86.9%
74.7%
11.5% 0.2% 0.8%
UK 2018
218,953 premises
97.4% 96.5% 80.1% 76.9%
 64%
10.9% 0.2% 0.8%
UK 2017 169,656 premises 95.8% 94.9% 63.2% 55.1%
 40.8%
8% 0.1% 0.8%
East of England 2020
7,914 premises
99.2% 97.6% 86.8% 85.5%
 62%
4.7% 0.6% 0.9%
East of England 2019
18,637 premises
99.1% 98.2% 87% 85.2%
 65.7%
9.1% 0.3% 0.8%
East Midlands 2020
1,626 premises
100% 99.6% 92.3% 90.7%
 83.1%
0.8% 0% 0.0%
East Midlands 2019
6,396 premises
97.9% 97% 89.6% 88%
 78.85%
7.7% 0% 0.6%
London 2020
21,077 premises
99.7% 99.3% 94.3% 93.4%
 78.4%
41.9% 0.1% 0.3%
London 2019
33,856 premises
98.3% 97.1% 90.5% 87.3%
 73.4%
35.9% 0% 0.5%
North East 2020
1,476 premises
93.8% 90.7% 81.3% 80%
68.9%
0% 2.2% 5.6%
North East 2019
7,279 premises
98.1% 97.6% 83.5% 81.3%
74.6%
6.2% 0.1% 0.6%
North West 2020
10,271 premises
99.7% 98.7% 89.5% 88.1%
85.8%
10.2% 0.5% 0.6%
North West 2019
21,339 premises
98.6% 98% 87.8% 86.3%
83.5%
10.6% 0.1% 0.7%
Northern Ireland 2020
1,713 premises
99.9% 99.2% 91.8% 90.7%
 90.7%
0% 0.7% 0.8%
Northern Ireland 2019
4,158 premises
98.1% 96.2% 91.1% 89.9%
 89.5%
1.6% 0.5% 1.4%
Scotland 2020
5,100 premises
99.2% 98.5% 94% 91.8%
 81.8%
8.9% 0% 0.1%
Scotland 2019
18,686 premises
98.8% 98.1% 90% 89.1%
 83.4%
5.9% 0.2% 0.9%
South East 2020
10,093 premises
98.2% 97.1% 91.3% 90.1%
69.5%
13.6% 0.5% 1.6%
South East 2019
26,073 premises
99.2% 98.6% 91.5% 89.2%
70.1%
8.7% 0.1% 0.6%
South West 2020
12,683 premises
97.2% 95.8% 84.9% 84.1%
67.2%
1.7% 0.2% 0.6%
South West 2019
23,454 premises
98.7% 97.6% 88%

87%

71.2%

1.8% 0.4% 1%
Wales 2020
2,519 premises
98.5% 97.9% 82.9% 80.8%
77.3%
0% 0.6% 1.9%
Wales 2019
5,202 premises
97.6% 96.2% 84.1% 83.8%
 72.5%
0.3% 0.5% 2.9%
West Midlands 2020
8,420 premises
98% 97% 86.8% 85.9%
78.6%
2.8% 0.4% 1.5%
West Midlands 2019
18,820 premises
97.8% 97% 88.1% 86.9%
75.5%
7.3% 0.2% 1.3%
Yorkshire and Humber 2020
9,504 premises
98.4% 97.2% 88.9% 88.1%
80.4%
1.9% 0.3% 0.9%
Yorkshire and Humber 2019
18,039 premises
98.9% 98% 87.4% 85.2%
73.4%
5.3% 0.3% 0.9%

While its clear the pandemic has impacted the volume of new properties that are being built in terms of broadband services there has been no negative or positive impact. In short the warnings from when we've covered new build figures previously remain, i.e. do not assume that a new home will automatically have full fibre or even superfast speeds available as standard.

London continues to lead in terms of full fibre availability in new homes and the vast majority of this is apartment buildings reflected by the very level of overlap between Openreach and a competing FTTP network, in the majority of cases where there are overlaps in London it is Openreach versus Hyperoptic.

The work on tracking the broadband situation for new build homes from November, December 2020 and January 2021 is expected to start in the next couple of weeks with an update from us in three months time.

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