UK broadband availability
Our analysis of broadband availability is as follows:
We estimate that today c.89% of homes can readily get a 2Mbps (or higher) broadband service from cable, ADSL or wireless means. This means that c.11%, or about 2.75m, homes cannot readily get a 2Mbps (or higher) broadband service today.
We believe the main reasons that prevent these 2.75m homes from getting a 2Mbps broadband service are:
- Problematic home wiring (c.1.9m homes);
- Random network effects (c.300k homes); and
- Telephone line too long (c.550k homes).
Having considered what the potential solutions might be, our initial conclusions are as follows:
- Home wiring problems resolved by market/self help (c.800k homes);
- Home wiring problems resolved under USC (c.1.1m homes);
- Random network effects resolved by special investigation (c.100k homes);
- Long telephone line resolved by FTTC upgrade (c.420k homes); and
- Residual random network effects and long lines resolved by wireless/satellite (c.330k homes).
The above figures are based on 100% take-up and can thus be scaled down according to any take-up assumption.
The following two maps indicate where the bad lines are most prevalent.
Percentage of bad lines due to length in Great Britain
Percentage of bad lines in Great Britain