79% cannot and 21% can get a full fibre option in the UK
It has taken some 37 days but we can now report that the UK availability of full fibre has increased to 21.02% or if you prefer 78.98% still do not have access to a full fibre option.
We almost managed to hit the 21% figure a day earlier on Sunday, but we were a few hundred premises short of the 21% figure due to some of what we had found on Saturday overlapping with an existing FTTP deployment.
There are now 28 local authorities with FTTP coverage above 50% up from 25 on 6th February, these are:
- City of Kingston Upon Hull 99.03%
- Milton Keynes 86.59%
- Belfast 74.94%
- Antrim and Newtownabbey 70.11%
- Coventry District 69.15%
- Mid and East Antrim 68.74%
- Epson and Ewell District 68.68%
- Ards and North Down 67.45%
- Amargh, Banbridge and Craigavon 66.85%
- Lisburn and Castlereach 66.37%
- Exeter District 65.79%
- York 65.46%
- Tameside District 61.49%
- Salford District 61.21%
- Thanet 60.36%
- Derry and Strabane 59.44%
- Tower Hamlets 57.94%
- East Riding of Yorkshire 55.41%
- City of Bristol 56.39%
- Worthing District 55.23%
- City of Westminster 53.98%
- Mourne and Down 52.83%
- Barking and Dagenham 52.76%
- City of Peterborough 51.99%
- Stirling 51.82%
- Causeway Coast and Glens 51.79%
- Southwark 51.58%
- Newham 50.17%
The full list of councils is available on our stats site and has been updated today to reflect the spread of FTTP across the UK.
The 21.02% in terms of premises means some 6,442,258 places have a full fibre option and 488,015 premises have a choice of two FTTP networks. It is worth highlighting that this does not include metro networks or leased lines or those where fibre on demand is an option.
If the pace of adding 1 percentage point every 37 days is maintained over the next five years then in March 2026 we are looking at a FTTP coverage level of 70%. For the Governments Gigabit target which is now 85% this is clearly well short of the mark, but there will be some Virgin Media DOCSIS 3.1 to add to this and fingers crossed the £1.2 billion the Government is planning to spend will add some more to this and bring things closer to what to some looks an impossible figure.