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Superfast Broadband Delivery UK BT Fibre Rollout Reaches 888K Premises

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 (12:11 pm) - Score 1,138

The Government’s national Broadband Delivery UK project, which is predominantly working with BT to make fixed line superfast broadband speeds of “greater than 24Mbps” (Megabits per second) available to around 95% of people by 2017, has now helped a total of 888,113 homes and businesses (premises passed) get faster connectivity.

The figure represents homes and businesses that have benefitted under the scheme and which otherwise wouldn’t have been upgraded as part of BT’s separate £2.5bn commercial roll-out of “fibre broadbandFTTC and FTTP technology or via Virgin Media’s existing cable (DOCSIS) network, at least not for many more years, without the extra public investment.

The figure itself represents “superfast” (25Mbps+) premises, as opposed to an overall total of those merely reached by a Next Generation Access (NGA) capable “fibre broadband” network. Put another way, the premises that are only predicted to get sub-24Mbps speeds aren’t included below (we wish there was also a table to show the split of totals).

bduk broadband coverage june 2014

Take note that the expenditure figures reported above represent internal BDUK administrative information on grants to local authorities in England and budget transfers to devolved administrations (e.g. Wales, Scotland etc.) related to the superfast rollout programme. Total public expenditure on the projects is higher as local authorities and devolved administrations add their own contributions, not to mention those from other sources (e.g. the EU and BT).

The expenditure figures also exclude BDUK support for Super-Connected Cities, the Mobile Infrastructure Project, the Rural Communities Broadband Fund and DCMS administrative expenditure.

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  1. My sources in government are telling me there is going to be a big announcement tomorrow saying they’ve reached the 1 million premises passed mark.

    Nic

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      It’s embargoed so we can’t discuss. Slightly awkward timing given today’s update, I wish they’d put them together instead.

  2. Avatar Steve Jones says:

    We are probably in a “sweet spot” as far as the rate of roll-out of BDUK is concerned. The early roll-out was delayed (EU approval and all that) and, in the early stages, there would have been resource contention with the commercial roll-out. Also, some areas were rather slow off the blocks. Now that’s over, and most, if not all, BDUK projects will have gone for the “low hanging fruit” first, I rather think the next year or so will see the fastest rate of roll-out, which will then decline as more difficult areas are tackled.

    So there’s probably relatively good news up to the general election. Make of that what you will, but this surely won’t be the last milestone announcement before May in 2015.

  3. Avatar NGA for all says:

    Mark – Can you report total subsidy including LA payments?

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      The official figure is currently £1.7bn, which includes LA and BDUK funding but excludes BT/EU money. You can get the LA specific figure by subtracting all the BDUK managed budget, which I believe also includes the £100m connection vouches (UBF) scheme etc.

      But remember that most LAs have yet to confirm the final agreement for their plans under the Superfast Extension Project.

  4. Avatar Patrick Cosgrove says:

    I wonder if the sub 24 Mb premises passed aren’t included in the figures because there’s rather a lot of them. I suspect that many people who were expecting 24Mb+ will be slightly disappointed because they only get, say, 15Mb or 18 Mb, but they won’t make a fuss because previously they were on sub 2 Mb. If I’m right, the final split between the two won’t be known until well after the general election so the government can continue to claim large numbers (e.g. one million), which is a good sound bite, but actually meaningless.

    1. Avatar Raindrops says:

      “I wonder if the sub 24 Mb premises passed aren’t included in the figures because there’s rather a lot of them.”

      Over 100,000 or around 10% if you take this storys figure and the story above it.

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