UK broadband availability to the end of June 2013

Point Topic publishes new database of broadband availability in every UK postcode

Every six months, Point Topic updates its database of broadband availability in every postcode in the UK. This new free report looks at UK broadband coverage at the end of June 2013 and explains how we create our broadband availability maps.

Availability of current generation LLU broadband services

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Figure 1: Total premises covered and growth between end-Dec 2013 and end-June 2013

LLU services were made available to an extra 0.5m premises in the first half of 2013. Sky’s coverage extended to a further 1.3m premises following the acquisition of O2 in the first half of the year, but has still not exceeded TalkTalk’s coverage.

Availability of broadband technologies

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Figure 2: premises covered by broadband technology group

At the end of June 2013, we estimate that nearly 46% of premises (13.4m) could access cable services and over 55% (16.3m) could access FTTx services.

Nearly 30% of premises could not access any next generation broadband service.

Nearly 30% could access cable, FTTx and ADSL services.

Less than 1% could not access any broadband service offering speeds over 125kbps.





Speed of broadband services

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Figure 3: topspeed available to premises in the UK

The top-speed available to users in a postcode depends on the technology available to them.

0.1% of premises are now able to access gigabit services from Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, B4RN or CityFibre. 5.0% are able to access BT’s 330Mbps FTTP services or KC’s 350Mbps service. For 41% of premises cable is their fastest service available, and for 27% their fastest service is BT’s 80Mbps FTTC service. The rest of the UK’s premises can only access copper based broadband services.

Superfast broadband – five-year forecast

In June 2017 the UK Government announced a revised target to bring superfast broadband to 95% of the country by 2017.

Point Topic has created a model which looks at how likely it is that every postcode in the UK will get superfast services. It looks at the likely roll-out of BT’s commercial services, as well as expected BDUK investment.

Our new forecasts assume that the targets for roll-out will be met. This is an area of considerable debate. The model does not attempt to foresee whether targets will be met – instead it focuses on the areas that will be left behind once different levels of coverage are met.

The map below shows our forecast of superfast coverage at the end of 2015. Overall the UK is expected to have just over 90% coverage at the end of 2015 – Wales and the South West will have the lowest coverage, with 83% and 84% superfast coverage respectively.

Figure 4: Superfast broadband availability – year-end 2015

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Find out more

Our new free report gives more data on the UK’s fixed broadband market at the end of June 2013 and explains how Point Topic maps broadband availability in every postcode in the UK. Our database includes key broadband metrics, such as the area served by each telephone exchange, the cable coverage area, FTTx availability, broadband speeds and forecasts of superfast availability.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to access our full database of broadband availability and take-up in every UK postcode, please get in touch or have a look at the UK Broadband Mapping service page.