UK’s 95% coverage of superfast broadband goal achieved

Created February 9, 2018
Applications and Research

The United Kingdom has finally reached its target of 95% of premises (residential and business) being able to access a broadband connection of over 24 Mbps download speed, that is superfast broadband.

The 95% target is not a consistent figure across all communities in the UK, but with areas such as Epson and Ewell, Tamworth, Worthing and Watford and others all pushing into the 99% superfast coverage zone these areas pull the figures up compared to the City of London (50.3%), Orkney Islands (66.8%), Western Isles (71%) and Kingston Upon Hull (71.7%) at the other end of the table.

The roll-out of superfast broadband has been a mixture of commercial and gap funded solutions and what is interesting to note is that while there seemed to be a rush of BDUK based roll-out in December during January 2018 there has been a slow down.

This may be partly down to the Christmas holiday season or it may reflect the new pace of roll-out from Openreach as it is switching to roll-outs with a higher proportion of full fibre and as its contractual commitments to the BDUK projects is fading it is revisiting some long delayed commercial cabinets and starting to focus on the mixture of G.fast and FTTP in commercial areas.

Data set
The full set of council, constituency and regional coverage figures are on the website labs.thinkbroadband.com/local, where the historical coverage graphs and tables of all the councils and constituencies can inform consumers if their area is expanding its level of superfast coverage.

Matthew Peach

This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.