Ofcom broadband data release

The state of cities and businesses.

A quick look at some Ofcom and Point Topic data

The latest postcode dataset from Ofcom, to June 2014, has just been published.  There is more information with more granularity and with more metrics than ever before.

“It’s early in the analysis but initial results seem to support what a number of people have been saying.  The centre of towns and businesses are lagging much of the UK,” says Oliver Johnson, CEO of Point Topic.

As we have noted before, there are exchanges that haven’t made it onto BT lists of those due for activation.  There are a number of reasons put forward but generally they are areas where residential density isn’t considered high enough to make it economic to deploy more bandwidth.

Next Generation Access – Inner London by postcode

Percenrtage connected to NGA


Birmingham and Manchester also seem to suffer from lower bandwidth in the centre.

downstream birmingham and manchester


The bandwidth analysis above relies on a subscription to a particular bandwidth to exist in a postcode.  This introduces some uncertainty but it should be a consistent uncertainty in terms of the market share of the bandwidths on offer.

The Government is of course aware of this issue particularly as it relates to businesses.  Companies demonstrably benefit from large amounts of bandwidth and in particular symmetrical services.  The Connection Vouchers scheme is intended to address at least some of this shortfall.


Comparison of bandwidth for residential and business premises in London – correlation between bandwidth and premises count (Point Topic data)

bandwidth and premises


“The UK has come a long way but there are still issues to address.  The latest Ofcom release, which is of commendable quality and depth, is a very useful tool that will aid the identification and hopefully resolution of the broadband challenges that remain,” concludes Johnson

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