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

A fairly uneventful month other than the pace of the FTTP roll-outs seems to be maintained with an additional 0.79 percentage points of coverage added in the last month. Take up of full fibre as evidenced by the number of speed tests we see using FTTP infrastructure has remained stable in the last quarter at 7% i.e. same in Q1 2021 as it was in Q4 2020 and this is a factor of the lockdown measures and some providers not installing during lockdown. In theory we should see this number jump in Q2 as people can once again get the installers into their homes.

The Gigabit figure of 39.36% is stubbornly staying below 40% and is only going to jump above 40% after a couple more months of FTTP building or Virgin Media enabling DOCSIS 3.1 in another area in the next couple of weeks.

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 April 2021
(change since 7th March 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% 89.7% (+0.1) 71.6% (+1.1) 71.36% 64.38% (+2.37)
 59.39% (+2.97)
3.9% 6.7% (=)
851,871 Premises 846,619 763,850 609,807 607,934 548,403
 505,887
33,409 56,797
London 98.5% 97.6% (=) 79.9% (+0.3) 65.11% 23.66% (+0.68)
 10.16% (+0.42)
0.1% 0.5% (=)
4,736,530 Premises 4,663,685 4,624,199 3,783,021 3,083,788 1,120,630
481,193
4,117 21,565
West Midlands 99.1% 97.9% (=) 74.7% (+0.3) 50.81% 19.51% (+0.99)
 14.39% (+0.88)
0.2% 0.7% (=)
2,952,303 Premises 2,925,360 2,889,665 2,204,261 1,500,025 575,881
 424,773
5,404 19,811
Scotland 98.1% 94.6% (=) 58.3% (+0.5) 46.92% 19.67% (+0.67)
 11.59% (+0.61)
1.1% 3.0% (=)
2,766,354 Premises 2,714,903 2,617,924 1,613,426 1,297,866 544,122
 320,641
31,250 83,277
Yorkshire and Humber 98.9% 97.3% (=) 68.6% (+0.1) 38.78% 27.62% (+0.58)
 18.31% (+0.55) (includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1% (=)
2,733,978 Premises 2,704,798 2,659,739 1,874,623
1,060,172 755,175
 500,600
9,649 27,231
United Kingdom 98.8% 96.7% (=) 65.6% (+0.4) 39.36% 21.58% (+0.79)
 13.72% (+0.63)
(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.5% 1.3% (-0.1)
30,693,917 Premises 30,328,743 29,677,622 20,125,488 12,080,627 6,623,947
 4,211,005
146,968 412,172
Great Britain 98.8% 96.9% (=) 65.4% (+0.3) 38.44% 20.36% (+0.75)
 12.42% (+0.57)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.4% 1.2% (=)
29,842,046 Premises 29,482,124 28,913,772 19,515,681 11,472,693 6,075,544
 3,705,118
113,559 355,375
England 98.9% 97.2% (=) 67.4% (+0.3) 38.17% 20.46% (+0.76)
 12.31% (+0.55)(includes KCom Lightstream)
0.3% 0.9% (=)
25,571,975 Premises 25,292,089 24,863,942 17,245,412 9,761,861 5,231,847
 3,148,523
71,847 235,343
North West 99.1% 97.2% (=) 61.9% (+0.2) 37.55% 18.8% (+0.46)
 14.17% (+0.44)
0.4% 1.1% (=)
4,146,387 Premises 4,108,920 4,030,854 2,566,293 1,556,912 779,566
 587,480
16,938 45,002
South East 99.3% 97.7% (=) 66.2% (+0.2) 33.29% 19,69% (+0.89)
 9% (+0.82)
0.2% 0.6% (=)
2,305,882 Premises 2,289,905 2,253,720 1,527,380 767,599 454,068
 207,556
3,749 14,523
Wales 98.1% 95.2% (=) 43.7% (+0.5) 27.46% 19.92% (+0.62)
 15.69% (+0.62)
0.7% 2.4% (=)
1,503,717 Premises 1,475,132 1,431,906 656,843 412,966 299,575
 235,954
10,462 36,755
East of England 99% 96.9% (=) 60.6% (+0.3) 22.15% 14.71% (+0.65)
9.11% (+0.53)
0.3% 1% (=)
2,782,390 Premises 2,755,893 2,696,719 1,685,707 616,351 409,409
 253,372
8,104 28,356
South West 98.6% 95.7% (=) 57.5% (+0.8) 21.95% 20.89% (+1.09)
 13.45% (+0.48)
0.5% 1.7% (=)
3,762,318 Premises 3,709,667 3,602,349 2,161,949 825,931 786,035
 505,955
19,588 63,876
East Midlands 99.4% 97.9% (=) 68.6% (+0.1) 18.43% 18.43% (+1.14)
 10.98% (+0.56)
0.2% 0.6% (=)
1,174,830 Premises 1,167,955 1,150,643 805,923 216,526 216,526
128,975
2,395 7,377
North East 98.8% 97.8% (=) 65.1% (+0.2) 13.77% 13.77% (+0.47)
6% (+0.47)
0.2% 0.8% (=)
977,357 Premises 965,906 956,054 636,255 134,557 134,557
 58,619
1,903 7,602

The overlaps between the various FTTP networks is growing with 2 or more FTTP networks available to 1.677% of UK premises, this looks a small amount but corresponds to some 514,000 properties. A lot of this is new build apartments and parts of London where Hyperoptic and Community Fibre are options for council tennants hence why Southwark leads at 26.3% for overlapping FTTP networks. The overlap in Coventry is 18.8% of premises due to Openreach FTTP and CityFibre FTTP builds.

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