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March 2017 update on UK superfast and ultrafast broadband coverage levels
Tuesday 07 March 2017 10:40:29 by Andrew Ferguson

The superfast and ultrafast broadband roll-outs continue and while we are tracking G.fast it has yet to make any impact on the figures. The last month saw the UK increase coverage at over 24 Mbps by 0.1 and if the UK is to hit its end of 2017 95% target, i.e. what we will be writing about on 7th January 2018 we need to see a 0.25% increase each month.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage across the UK, its nations and regions for premises
In descending order of superfast coverage - figures 6th March 2017
(change since 7th February 2017)
Area % fibre based % superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
% Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under proposed 10 Mbps USO
London 96.7% 95.5% (+0.1) 95.23 69.1% (=) 1.87% 0.1% 0.9%
North East 96.8% 95.4% (+0.1) 95.1% 51.4% (-0.2) 0.08% 0.2% 1.6%
South East 97.7% 95.3% (+0.2) 94.8% 50.8% (=) 1.18% 0.4% 1.8%
East Midlands 97.6% 95.2% (=) 94.8% 57.4% (-0.1) 0.12% 0.5% 2.0%
West Midlands 97% 94.8% (+0.1) 94.3% 62.7% (-0.1) 0.26% 0.4% 2.1%
North West 97.1% 94.3% (+0.1) 93.8% 46.9% (-0.1) 0.91% 0.7% 2.8%
England 96% 93.3% (+0.2) 92.8% 54.1% (=) 1.56% 0.6% 2.8%
United Kingdom 95.6% 92.5% (+0.1) 91.9% 51.2% (-0.1) 1.43% 0.8% 3.4%
East of England 94.7% 91.3% (+0.2) 90.7% 50.5% (=) 0.53% 0.7% 3.9%
Rest Of Scotland 93.6% 90.7% (+0.1) 90.1% 44.3% (-0.3) 0.10% 1% 4.4%
Wales 94.5% 90.4% (+0.2) 89.3% 30.7% (+0.1) 1.77% 0.9% 5.6%
South West 94.7% 89.7% (+0.2) 88.8% 43.4% (=) 3.14% 1.1% 4.8%
Yorkshire and Humber 92.3% 89.8% (+0.4) 89.4% 50.7% (+0.1) 4.36% (includes KCom Lightstream) 0.7% 4.7%
Scotland 92.7% 88.9% (+0.2) 88.1% 40.2% (-0.4) 0.10% 1.3% 5.9%
Northern Ireland 97.6% 81.4% (=) 79.7% 28.3% (=) 0.28% 6.4% 12.1%
Highlands and Islands (HIE) 83.5% 70.1% (+0.6) 67.9% 0.07% (=) 0.07% 4.7% 21.9%

A few words on why the ultrafast figures are dropping, some may think this is because there is less cable coverage but it is a result of the continuing addition of new build premises to the database, so the proportion of cable versus other technologies is shifting even though the number of premises covered by cable broadband is not dropping. Once the work to catch up with new build from 2016 (and additional checks for previous years) we will resume looking at Virgin Media roll-outs. What is interesting is to see the percentages of FTTP coverage still rising and this is partly down to the increasing number of times we see new build estates where FTTP is available, plus the delivery of FTTP in Wales.

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