This is our quarterly update on superfast and ultrafast broadband deployments in the UK. The analysis is based on the ThinkPoint broadband availability dataset which includes 1.7m postcodes. More granular, monthly potscode level broadband availability by ISP and technology, is available to ThinkPoint customers. (For more information check the ThinkPoint page.)
Between the end of June and September 2020, superfast broadband deployments continued despite the pandemic.
Virgin Media carried on extending their footprint, with especially large strides in Gig1 rollout. As of the end of September 2020, their gigabit bandwidth capable broadband covered 3.9m premises, up by 1.1m in three months.
Table 1. Virgin Media premises passed
Virgin’s largest Gig1 footprints are currently mainly in big metropolitan areas, especially in the Midlands, Scotland and the North.
Table 2. Top ten local authorities by Virgin Media Gig1 footprint size, September 2020
Openreach continues to push with full fibre rollout, having added nearly 0.5m premises between June and September. There was also some progress in Gfast deployment while ADSL and FTTC saw a decline.
Table 3. Openreach premises passed
Like Virgin Media’s Gig1, Openreach’s FTTP footprint is focused on large urban areas and regions away from London and the Southeast.
Table 4. Top ten local authorities by Openreach FTTP footprint, September 2020
Alternative operators have also been pushing fibre deployment, having added 117K FTTP and 14K FTTB premises in three months.
Table 5. Progress in fibre deployment by altnets (total premises)
While Hyperoptic has retained the largest footprint, Gigafast/Vodafone is leading in terms of fibre premises added between June and September, at 72K.
Table 6. Progress in fibre deployment by altnets (ISPs with more than 10K premises)
As altnet operators proceeded with the expansion of their footprints, the network overbuilt continued. In September 2020, three local authorities – Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Islington – had overlapping networks from three alternative operators. Another 60 local authorities had 2 alternative networks intersecting.
Table 7. Local authorities with two alternative networks intersecting (covering 1000 premises or more)
The complete dataset used to produce this analysis is part of our ThinkPoint service which involves UK Broadband Mapping at postcode level. For more information see ThinkPoint service page.
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