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Gainshare of £3.7m to benefit around 3,000 premises in Worcestershire
Thursday 09 March 2017 11:34:24 by Andrew Ferguson

Worcestershire that is in the middle of working towards a target of 95% superfast broadband coverage figure has announced that some £3.7 million of gainshare (claw back) money is to be used to add around another 3,000 premises to the roll-out, which should add around another 1% of coverage with work carrying on until end of December 2018.

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The map above has been released by and to give people some idea of whether they will helped by the on-going work and this new extension.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage for Worcestershire and its component constituencies
Figures 8th March 2017
(change since January 2016)
Area % fibre based
% superfast
> 24 Mbps
% superfast
>= 30 Mbps
% ultrafast
>= 100 Mbps
% Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 10 Mbps USO
Worcestershire 97% (+4.7) 92.1% (+5.3) 91.1% (+5.5) 26.4% (+1.3) 0.33% (+0.3) 0.7% (-0.2) 4.5% (-3.1)
Bromsgrove 98.9% (+5.4) 93.7% (+6.8) 92.5% (+7) 23.7% (+2.1) 0.02% (=) 0.5% (=) 2.4% (-1.7)
Mid Worcestershire 96.3% (+5.1) 88.6% (+7.7) 87.1% (+8.4) 1.1% (+0.8) 0.83% (+0.8) 0.9% (-0.9) 5.9% (-4.9)
Redditch 98.2% (+3) 96.6% (+3.1) 96.3% (+3) 83.3% (+2) 0.20% (+0.13) 0.2% (-0.1) 2.3% (-1.8)
West Worcestershire 91.3% (+11.8) 80.3% (+9.5) 77.8% (+9.4) 1.7% (+1.5) 0.88% (+0.81) 2.0%* (+0.3) 12% (-8.5)
Worcester 98.9% (+0.4) 98.9% (+1.8) 98.7% (+2.1) 1.5% (+0.3) 0.02% (+0.02) 0.0%** (-0.04) 0.3% (-1)
Wyre Forest 97.6% (+2.1) 93.8% (+2.9) 93.2% (+3.1) 50.1% (+0.6) 0.01% (+0.01) 0.5% (-0.1) 3.8% (-1.4)

* the 0.3% rise (135 premises) in the USC figure for West Worcestershire is down to improvements in our model in the last 14 months and the constant monitoring of what is delivered versus what we see people receiving and feedback from people in the area.

** for Worcester we believe that there are actually no premises left under the 2 Mbps threshold, there are of course some people with ADSL (~3,000 premises) where it its likely to be running at under 2 Mbps but they do have faster options available to them. If you live in Worcester and can only get a sub 2 Mbps service then please get in touch, it may be there are issues such as aluminium we are not aware of, or new build premises on the edge of an exchange area.

The county has moved on since January 2016 as the change figures above show, but we are sure inline with other parts of the country better broadband cannot come sooner for the 1,900 premises who can still only get a slower than 2 Mbps fixed line solution and to a slightly lesser extent the 12,000 only getting under 10 Mbps.

Update Friday 10th March 4:15pm We have heard back from the project team with regards to the FTTC/FTTP split and they said "We expect the mix between FTTC and FTTP to be more heavily FTTP when compared to Contract 1 and SEP".


Posted by TheEulerID 20 days ago
At over £1.2k per premises, that's a relatively fat subsidy. Presumably this is either a fibre-rich diet or a lot of network rearrangement and new cabs. In any event, this looks to be near the top end of gap-funding per premises passed for BDUK projects.
Posted by WWWombat 19 days ago
If BT has designed their upgrade programmes correctly, then each of these new announcements should be exactly that - somewhere near the top of gap-funding values so far.
Posted by TheEulerID 19 days ago

It is, of course, inevitable that it gets more and more expensive to deal with the last few percent. However, this one just looks particularly high. From what I recall there was so notional per premises limit that was put on gap funding.

Of course, if the "outside in" enthusiasts had there way, we'd only have about 1m properties covered and there'd be less gainshare to go round as there'd be less revenue which would have affected the formula.
Posted by WWWombat 19 days ago
The upper limit is £1,700 per property.

It does seem that we're comfortably getting into the £1,000+ band now, though.
Posted by ValueforMoney 19 days ago
Let's hope under WLA 2017, there is a specific allowance for BT's investment in these circumstances. I think new PSTN provision is c£200 in the current cost recovery process. It would be good to see some incentive to secure the first £500 of FTTP costs against some volume.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 19 days ago
@ValueForMoney Can we have that again in non regulator language
Posted by Blackmamba 19 days ago
Hi Broadband Watchers
I am glad that the two statements x and xx have been highlighted and they are been considered across the U.K on all the areas as Openreach will be watching as the onus is placed today on all the ISPs.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 19 days ago
@Blackmamba Another post that makes no sense
Posted by AndyCZ 19 days ago
I think Blackmamaba speaks in riddles.
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