The facts

9 out of 10 UK homes now have access to superfast broadband  

Here are the facts about broadband coverage in the UK.

  • The rollout of superfast broadband is one of the quickest and most ambitious anywhere in the world. And it’s available for all communications providers to use.
  • More households are now using superfast broadband in the UK than in Germany, France, Italy or Spain.
  • Nine out of ten UK homes have access to superfast broadband. And we’re adding another home every 30 seconds.
  • Over 91% of UK premises have access to superfast broadband.
  • We’re on track to help government achieve their target of 95% coverage by the end of 2017. And we want to go even further.

Did you know?

  • Independent research shows that if we had focused on just rolling out fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology rather than a mix of FTTP and fibre to the cabinet (FTTC), the UK would now only be at c40% coverage rather than the 91% coverage we have today. This means many more can benefit from superfast broadband. BT’s fibre rollout was designed to get the quickest speeds to the most number of people in the quickest amount of time.
  • Openreach has built the largest FTTP network in the UK offering services to more than 300,000 homes and businesses
  • Openreach will roll out ultrafast speeds via to 10m premises by the end of 2020 and aims to connect up to an additional 2m premises with FTTP by 2020
  • Openreach have announced that FTTP will be available for free to developers of new build developments of 30+ homes, who register from November, the current threshold is 100+ homes
  • The UK leads the top 5 EU economies on virtually all key measures of superfast broadband coverage, take-up, use and competition
  • There are more than 100 fibre broadband providers to choose from  

Heard this?

Only 2% of people in the UK can get fibre broadband.

That’s incorrect. The UK has a predominantly fibre broadband network through a mix of technologies, including FTTC , FTTP and third party networks covering more than 91% of UK premises.

The 2% claim relates to just one type of fibre broadband, namely FTTP and ignores the vast FTTC network we have built.

BT has kept Openreach reliant on copper rather than investing in pure fibre like the rest of the world.

This is also untrue. BT invested £3bn in rolling out fibre broadband to the nation when others in the market weren’t prepared to invest. That investment brought faster speeds to more people, more quickly than any other rollout in the world. As a result, the UK now has a predominantly fibre network. Openreach has also built the UK's biggest network of FTTP lines, at around 300,000 homes and businesses (so far) and is the largest provider of FTTP lines in the UK.