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Oxfordshire hits 95% superfast coverage milestone

The race to increase superfast broadband coverage across the country continues and BT has put Oxfordshire[1] in the limelight as one of the counties that is now at the 95% superfast target, in fact the figures are 95.5% at over 24 Mbps and 95% at 30 Mbps and faster. The official release also gives the snippet that BDUK scheme in Oxfordshire has brought superfast options to over 73,000 premises and that take-up is running at the 50% mark. Once we do the mathematics on our dataset for county and look at the overlaps with Virgin Media we believe the project has given the superfast option to some 73,500 premises and our take-up tracking at the end of the third quarter was at 40% with projects such as Essex, Berkshire, Durham, Derbyshire, Dorset and Cambridgeshire showing very similar take-up based on our tracking of people using the services once available.

thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast Broadband Coverage across Oxfordshire as of 12th December 2017
Area

% fibre based

% superfast
Over 24 Mbps

% superfast
30 Mbps or faster

% Ultrafast

%

Full Fibre All Operators Openreach FTTP

% Under 2 Mbps
USC

% Under 10 Mbps
USO

288,913 Premises

95,750 Premises

64,410 Premises

60,074 Premises

60,457 Premises

56,227 Premises

47,676 Premises

Oxfordshire 98.2% 95.5% 95% 49.3%

5.72%

1.86%

0.5% 2%
283,627 276,023 274,522 142,383

16,524

5,367

1,470 5,895
BT/BDUK Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Contract Delivery 99.1% 93.3% 92.3% 26.7% (**)

8.96%

1.14%

1.1% 3%
94,888 89,334 88,377 25,565

8,579

1,091

1,053 2,872
Cherwell District 97.6% 95.6% 95.4% 30.6%

6.57%

3.43%

0.5% 2%
62,844 61,571 61,425 19,734

4,230

2,208

290 1,283
Oxford City 98.8% 98.7% 98.6% 86% 0% 0.1% 0.4%
59,379 59,278 59,253 51,622 0 58 224
South Oxfordshire District 99.1% 93.8% 92.7% 30.3%

6.13%

2.53%

0.9% 3%
59,906 56,704 56,063 18,313

3,703

1,531

514 1,785
Vale of White Horse District 99% 96.6% 96.1% 61.2%

11.45%

2.63%

0.4% 1.5%
55,682 54,343 54,041 34,380

6,438

1,477

236 821
West Oxfordshire District 95.8% 92.3% 91.5% 38.4%

4.52%

0.32%

0.8% 3.8%
45,689 44,009 43,622 18,322

2,153

151

363 1,830

(**) The ultrafast figure obviously includes Virgin Media and this explains why while the BDUK footprint was in the 96,000 premises region that once you eliminate the overlaps and account for the distance from the cabinet affecting VDSL2 the figure drops to 73,800. The actual figure is likely to be higher as while earlier in 2017 we did flag the rural FTTP as part of the project with the amount of work going on at present we have not had time to make the judgement calls on whether some FTTP was BDUK funded, or part of a new build delivery or just commercial.

The Gigaclear coverage is obviously an important part of the picture in the county too and drawfs the amount of full fibre from Openreach and as pressure builds for a richer full fibre future from Westminster we hope that the 1 in 20 premises in Oxfordshire with access to full fibre will increase substantially.

The funding to date has been GBP35.8 million of which GBP13.3 million is from BT and we believe this has given 511 live VDSL2 cabinets, and hints of another 20 cabinets on the way, plus of course the FTTP, so a pure back of the envelope calculation suggests a cost of GBP63,000 per cabinet but the final cost will depend on how many more cabinets and full fibre premises the project manages to deliver from the GBP35.8 million.

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  1. ^ BT has put Oxfordshire (news.openreach.co.uk)
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