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Broadband coverage in National Parks across the UK

The broadband situation in the National Parks of the UK is vastly different to the UK total that is edging towards its 95% target (94.4% as of 29th November 2017) but anyone who has spent any time visiting will know that the parks represent what almost everyone will consider a rural area. We have looked at urban versus rural coverage levels before, but the definitions of what is urban and rural always draw criticism, this is not that suprising as someone who lives in a village of 200 premises will see a town of 5,000 premises and likely consider that urban but someone in central Manchester would consider the same town a quiet rural location.

thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Full Fibre Broadband Coverage across the 15 UK National Parks
figures 29th November 2017
Area

% fibre based
VDSL2 or
FTTP or
Cable

% superfast
24 Mbps or faster

% superfast
30 Mbps or faster

% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster

%
Full Fibre
and
Openreach FTTP

% Under 2 Mbps download

% Under 10 Mbps download

Brecon Beacons

16,042 premises

84.3% 74.9% 73.7% 5.5%

5.47%

5.47%

2.5% 18%

Dartmoor

15,324 premises

98.9% 76.7% 74.4% 1.3%

1.31%

1.31%

1% 3.4%

Exmoor

5,066 premises

98.2% 69.2% 67.8% 4.9%

4.86%

4.86%

2.1% 5.4%

Lake District

20,191 premises

92.3% 77.3% 75.3% 3.8%

3.80%

3.80%

5.9% 16.9%

Loch Lomond and The Trossacks

7,139 premises

79.3% 67% 65.5% 12.6%

0%

0%

6% 23.1%

New Forest

15,185 premises

91.1% 68.4% 65.6% 0%

0%

0%

4.5% 15%

North York Moor

10,945 premises

93% 69.7% 67.9% 7.2%

4.19%

4.19%

4.19% 11.6%

Northumberland

999 premises

73.4% 34.2% 33.9% 19.8%

19.82%

19.82%

22.2% 55.2%

Peak District

17,541 premises

85.1% 62.4% 61% 0.5%

0.34%

0.34%

8.6% 26.9%

Pembrokeshire

11,593 premises

90.3% 78.5% 77.3% 2.3%

2.29%

2.29%

5.2% 14.8%

Snowdonia

13,627 premises

89.2% 74.8% 74.1% 18.2%

18.16%

18.16%

5.2% 18.4%

South Downs

50,909 premises

91.4% 77.4% 76.2% 18.8%

2.19%

2.19%

3.3% 12.4%

The Broads Authority

3,268 premises

87.8% 61.4% 59.9% 4.2%

0%

0%

5.8% 20.6%

The Cairngorms

10,208 premises

86% 69.9% 69.2% 0%

0%

0%

6.5% 19.4%

Yorkshire Dales

11,017 premises

90% 71.5% 70.1% 12.9%

12.92%

7.68%

8.6% 22.1%

The gap between fibre based coverage levels and superfast speeds does highlight the distance range performance of VDSL2/FTTC and as some areas already show heavy use is being made of full fibre indicating BT and Openreach are aware of what their technologies can and cannot do. It will be interesting to see how coverage changes as the UK wide superfast coverage level increases.

The number of premises (business and residential) in the National Park areas is just 0.72% of the total number of premises in the UK so the fact that we are seeing these coverage levels is mildly encouraging, unless you are in the parts of a park where broadband speeds are useless and no-one has been able to give you a firm commitment on when things will improve.

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