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The Top 30 UK Local Authorities for “Full Fibre” FTTP Broadband Cover

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 (4:45 pm) - Score 2,353
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A new batch of independent data has revealed the top 30 local authorities across the United Kingdom with the highest availability of ultrafast “full fibre” (FTTP/H/B) broadband connectivity, which unsurprisingly sees the table topped by Hull, East Yorkshire and Cornwall.

The data, which was been produced by Thinkbroadband, shows that Hull and East Yorkshire have the most coverage in the UK, which are both as a direct result of KCOM’s on-going Lightstream roll-out that is dominated by their ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network. Earlier this week we posted our annual summary of FTTH/P/B progress and noted that KCOM’s network has been deployed to 132,500 premises.

Gary Young, KCOM’s Executive Vice President, said:

“It may take a little longer to roll out across all areas of our Hull and East Yorkshire network, but these latest figures demonstrate that our £60m-plus investment is really beginning to pay off – not only for residents with ultrafast broadband speeds but for local businesses too.

The fact that 55.6 per cent of our Hull network and 36.6 per cent of our East Riding network is already benefiting from full fibre, compared to just 2.66 per cent nationally, shows just how far ahead of the curve we are. This is how we are transforming the region into the UK’s digital and ultrafast capital, playing our part in making this area a magnet for high-value, cutting-edge industry.

By the end of 2017, Lightstream will be available to at least 150,000 properties, equal to 75 per cent of KCOM’s overall network in Hull and East Yorkshire.”

Similarly it’s no surprise to find that Cornwall is also near the top, which is thanks largely to Openreach’s huge FTTP deployment in the county (c.85,000 premises). Elsewhere many of the other areas have been boosted by similar roll-outs from Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, B4RN and other “full fibre” providers. For example, Cityfibre’s joint FTTP deployment alongside Sky Broadband and TalkTalk in York (c.20,000 premises) has clearly had an impact.

As we said earlier in the week, nearly all of the major FTTP/H providers have announced major expansion plans for the future and as a result the availability of related services is set to rise significantly over the next few years. Most of those deployments will admittedly be in urban areas, although Gigaclear, B4RN, Openreach and others are also doing a lot of rural deployments too.

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8 Responses
  1. Bob

    Kent County Council should be ashamed. So close to London and such an expensive place to live yet never appears high up on any broadband availability or speed charts.

  2. PaulM

    What does this have to do with any Local authority? Its nothing more than a breakdown by region, not local authority funding.

    • You’ll note that it’s a mix of counties, districts and city authorities, so the use of “local authorities” makes more sense and that’s also how TBB referenced it.

    • NGA for all

      PaulM, without public subsidy in most areas including Cornwall, there would little or no FTTP by BT except in new build. The LA is useful as we indication of the FTTP in-fill being conducted using the public funds available. The 12%ish being reported in some Welsh areas provides a picture how much in-fill is needed/possible with the public monies available.

  3. Walter G M Willcox

    Another important differentiator is being un-necessarily overlooked.

    Symmetric services are becoming of more significance yet all Openreach domestic FTTH is still asymmetric (presumably as they want to charge businesses a king’s ransom for symmetric) whereas Gigaclear and B4RN etc provide REAL full symmetric fibre WITHOUT additional charges.

    A major advantage for symmetric providers is that further expansion is much easier and cheaper to add.

  4. I 100% agree with Walter Willcox…

  5. Patrick Cosgrove

    Can we get to see the positions of those not on the list?

  6. Stuart

    I live in a street where FTTH was deployed when the houses were built, the oldest houses now being almost 4 years old. My local authority is not on the list. Whilst FTTH has its advantages, there are downsides:

    – Of the many FTTC-offering ISPs, very few of these also offer FTTH and only one (BT) will provide a phone line over the fibre.

    – Comparison sites don’t seem to cater for FTTP. When I try them, I usually get ADSL or FTTC results, none of which are relevant to me because there is no copper phone line.

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