BDUK will bring superfast to 1.8 million homes by 2015
January 30, 2013 | Oliver Johnson
If the targets are met available bandwidth to increase by 50%
Point Topic has modelled the spread of broadband and now superfast broadband through the UK market for a number of years. Now using a time series comparison we can benchmark the bandwidth uplift that Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funding will offer consumers in the target areas.
“We forecast that the areas receiving BDUK funding will help to drive superfast coverage to 1.8 million more households in the UK by 2015 than would be expected of we relied on commercial deployments alone,” says Oliver Johnson, CEO of Point Topic.
As demand increases and the UK’s superfast broadband plans under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) umbrella have now been signed off for central subsidy focus is shifting to the implementation and impact of the local broadband plans submitted by local authorities as they kick into gear.
“The demand for superfast broadband has crystallised over the last nine months in the UK. Consumers are ready and willing to adopt faster bandwidths and the evidence is in the statistics. Plain DSL, delivered from exchange to premises over copper, is on the decline and FTTx and high bandwidth cable options are now the favourites for homes and businesses,” says Johnson.
The BDUK budget so far allocated is intended to allow the authorities to improve the coverage of basic broadband with hundreds of thousands still outside the reach of even 2Mbps. The most public and measureable target though is to improve the access to and use of superfast bandwidths.
“Most of the local broadband plans are aiming for at least 90% of the homes and businesses in their catchment area to have access to 30Mbps and above services. This will be more of a challenge for some of the projects than for others but it should not be forgotten they are also trying to improve access for those with economic, age or educational roadblocks,” says Johnson
Available bandwidth, the downstream value of the ‘fastest’ technology deployed in an area, will increase by a projected average of 50% according to Point Topic’s analysis. This increase will vary widely across the BDUK areas if the consortia are to meet their targets.
“Changes in available bandwidth range from as little as 0.5% in those local authorities where superfast is already widely available like Manchester to over 2000% in poorly served areas, Cumbria is an example. Better broadband is on the way for many who have lagged behind in the last five years and we’ll watch progress with interest.
It’s very important for the country to have as much fair and equal access to high speed internet access as is practicable and now that gigabit Britain is on the horizon the next question is for how many,” concludes Johnson.
Details and updates of the current projects are available from a Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).*
Figure 1: Projected change in available bandwidth by 2015 Local Authority with BDUK funding – hi-res here:
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