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Top 36 UK Local Authorities with Full Fibre Cover Above 50 Percent

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 (12:27 pm) - Score 1,320

The latest independent data from Thinkbroadband has revealed the top 36 local authorities in the United Kingdom where Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband coverage has reached over 50%. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the list is topped by Hull (99.08%), where KCOM has already completed their full fibre rollout.

The report notes that some 26% of UK premises can now access a full fibre network (i.e. a one percentage point increase on the 25% reported a month ago) and, when combined, the listed 36 authorities represent around 2.6 million of the total 8 million premises with access to such connectivity.

For a bit of additional fun, we’ve also added the comparative figures from 31st August 2020, which helps to show how much progress has been made in each of the listed local authorities since last year.

Local Authority Full Fibre Coverage (2021) 2020
City of Kingston upon Hull 99.08% 99.03%
Milton Keynes 87.42% 77.77%
Belfast 83.42% 74.75%
Ards and North Down 80.46% 55.84%
Antrim and Newtownabbey 76.84% 52.76%
Mid and East Antrim 76.05% 52.43%
Coventry District 75.41% 53.37%
Lisburn and Castlereagh 73.15% 58.67%
Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon 72.12% 50.21%
Derry and Strabane 71.93% 55.23%
Epsom and Ewell District 71.02% 44.67%
Newham 68.88% 29.34%
City of Peterborough 68.56% 43%
Tower Hamlets 68.06% 48.12%
Exeter District 67.65% 59.53%
Thanet District 65.74% 50.28%
York 65.58% 62.08%
Mourne and Down 65.49% 22.72%
Wirral District 65.17% 38%
Causeway Coast and Glens 64.55% 27.71%
Salford District 63.32% 59.74%
Worthing District 62.95% 21.94%
East Riding of Yorkshire 62.75% 49.06%
Tameside District 61.73% 58.51%
City of Bristol 61.32% 51.51%
City of Westminster 59.88% 50.86%
Southwark 59.76% 46.8%
Bury District 59.16% 16.94%
Mid Ulster 57.17% 30.18%
Leeds District 56.06% 39.83%
Barking and Dagenham 53.84% 51.22%
Bromsgrove District 53.76% 25.94%
Stirling 53.39% 42.43%
Hammersmith and Fulham 52.48% 28.69%
City of Edinburgh 50.99% 34.38%
Sir y Fflint – Flintshire 50.16% 14.36%

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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9 Responses
  1. Tony Grisdale says:

    Disappointed not to see Greater Manchester in the list above! Would like to know exactly where they are up to – certainly not embracing the Manchester attitude!

    1. Jules says:

      Or pretty much all of West London

    2. Harvey G says:

      There’s 3 Manchester “districts” in there – Salford, Bury and Tameside so representation probably better than most other cities once you remove Hull and Northern Ireland from the numbers

  2. Moss says:

    I’m actually disappointed Islington is not up there either

  3. Simon Keynes says:

    Slough is missing too but that might be because the installed fibre isn’t yet ready to be activated for customer use.

    Both Openreach and CityFibre have been very busy rolling out fibre, I’ve seen kit for both installed on the majority of telephone poles I have gone past and CityFibre have also dug up loads of pavements! It’s hardly a large area, being 12.56 square miles.

    1. Billy Nomates says:

      Funny about Slough. There must be millions of fibre optic cables laying under the roads and pavements there. It’s like the data centre capital of the UK. Maybe you could ask one of the DCs to fibre you up instead lol.

  4. Buggerlugz says:

    What a complete shambles, with massive cities and big towns completely missing from the list. Guess it just goes to show how uninvested both the companies and government truly are in pushing forward with a full FTTP rollout in this country.

    1. GNewton says:

      Welcome to the postcode lottery!

    2. Sim says:

      Its not even a postcode lottery.. In my close of 16 houses we have Openreach FTTP fed with u/g duct.. all the same postcode, but one arm of the road with 6 houses haven’t been covered as their duct runs the other way!

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