Oxfordshire hits 95% superfast coverage milestone
The race to increase superfast broadband coverage across the country continues and BT has put Oxfordshire 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.
|BT/BDUK Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Contract Delivery||99.1%||93.3%||92.3%||26.7% (**)||
|South Oxfordshire District||99.1%||93.8%||92.7%||30.3%||
|Vale of White Horse District||99%||96.6%||96.1%||61.2%||
|West Oxfordshire District||95.8%||92.3%||91.5%||38.4%||
(**) 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.