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.