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UK finally reaches 97% superfast broadband coverage goal

3% of the still UK cannot get a superfast broadband service (using old definition that a connection of over 24 Mbps download speed is superfast) but this figure has been decreasing slowly but steadily.

We knew the 97% milestone was close with another 1,200 or so premises needed as of last weekend and adding the Jurassic Fibre FTTP service footprint is what has pushed us to a figure of 97.001% superfast coverage.

The 97% ambition was something of a soft target which was originally hoped to be reached by end of March 2020 but the slower roll-outs as projects switched from VDSL2 to FTTP and high profile delays with the R100 and Connecting Devon and Somerset projects all contributed to things taking an extra 12 months.

The slow down in the pace at which premises are gaining a superfast option means that 98% is probably not going to happen until 2023.

Our national, region, metro district, county and unitary authority figures have been updated on our labs site, but as this was an unexpected jump to 97% the constituency, district councils and combined authorities will not be updated until the weekend.

The stricter definition of superfast broadband which is a download speed of 30 Mbps and faster is of course lagging behind at 96.68% of UK premises. The roll-outs of FTTP is actually helping to close the gap between the two definitions, i.e. the commercial roll-outs of FTTP are not just covering those with the fastest VDSL2 speeds but often covering a good many of the slower speed lines too.


@thinkbroadband I wonder what percentage of that has a fully working service, i.e. no packet loss or high latency (…

  • @Mi0VAX
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  • 30 days ago

@thinkbroadband It's all relative, I wouldn't call 24Mbps exactly superfast

  • @GtiJazzBlue
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  • 30 days ago

There should be a good number of sub-superfast properties in the Forest of Dean (13% are currently sub-24Mbps, 6.6% sub-USO) upgraded to FTTP as Gigaclear make their build areas live over the next year or so - I expect that should move the overall percentage up a fraction.

  • sheephouse
  • 30 days ago

@thinkbroadband The acceleration of the broadband network deployment in the UK was literally lightning.

  • @gamgeesmarthome
  • comment via twitter
  • 29 days ago

@thinkbroadband This is a good target for the UK, next step is full fibre connectivity via FTTP. You mention Jurassic Fibre in this post, I must say they are doing a marvellous job in gigabit connectivity throughout the South West

  • gamechanger67
  • 29 days ago

If it wasn't for me making the move to 4G at my own expense, I would still be in that remaining 3%. I feel special!

  • DanielCoffey
  • 29 days ago

Those using 4G to get superfast speeds when fixed line cannot other this are still considered as not having access to superfast broadband.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 29 days ago

Yay! I am special... although since I am in Rural South West Scotland, I am in good company with a whole lot of other people who are special too!

  • DanielCoffey
  • 29 days ago

Also in Rural South West Scotland, moved from slow ADSL2+ (too far from the cabinet) to 4G. Not the best at times, but always faster. Last week received a shock, surveyed to see what would be required for R100.

  • brianhe
  • 28 days ago

Interesting stat that is totally unbelievable. I get 14 and am in a medium sized town in Kent!

  • brucie245
  • 24 days ago

Here in Devon, I get 2MB on a good day, The BT router has the 4G dongle attached which switches to EE when the landline drops. I then get the dizzy heights of 5MB. All this talk 97% fast this or that is of little interest to us in the slow lane. How about a reality check on speeds available in rural areas.

  • teryycarter
  • 24 days ago

It's not only rural areas in the slow lane: here in one of Hampshires' larger Towns there still are cabinets (like mine) that cannot offer more than 9MB down and 0.7MB up. Last night (Sunday) AllFour buffering was so bad I had to return to terrestrial TV. [Usually my router is just fine - last night seemed an aberration]. I'm just 5 houses away from the cabinet - 300 feet!

  • jonesjh99
  • 24 days ago

Forgive me for emitting a hollow laugh when I read your headline ( I appreciate you are only reporting what's happening ) as I sit here at 3 meg - which is much better that it used to be- having spent a bit of time only yesterday looking at possible options given a flyer I received the the other day from prompted me to investigate the timeline for superfast BB...2023 if I'm lucky. That's for a property only 15 miles from central Glasgow so not back of beyond. There's a couple of fixed wireless suppliers I may look at,but a 4G router is probably my likely choice.

  • Stewart_P
  • 24 days ago

How is this actually calculated, is it based on actual addresses or just general areas?
I live in Bristol city centre and whilst most postcodes near me have access to FTTC or Virgin Media, the several blocks of flats on my street including the one I'm in only have access to ADSL2+. Do addresses like mine get counted as part of the 3%, or as I suspect is it based on general area which case addresses like mine are missed out and so the 97% figure is pretty misleading.

  • WelshBluebird
  • 21 days ago

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