Although such delays seem strange to us on this forum, given that we have an interest in Broadband, what I find even stranger, is the slow Take-up rate, once the FTTC is up and running.
In quarterly reports, BT have reported the overall takeup percentage to be going up by 1% per quarter, regular as clockwork. Of course, that has to be countered by the fact that the rollout coverage has also regularly gone up by about 1m properties per quarter (though that rate has slowed recently, as work is done in rural areas).
Remember that only a small percentage of people follow broadband news as we do, and are chomping at the bit to upgrade instantly. Most don't realise that they can upgrade until they are told ... and even then, contract lock-in might prevent them from swapping in a hurry.
Last autumn, BT were applying for the right to install cabs without electricity meters, and had to give a sample of data about the power used by the different cabinet types, with varying card and port utilisation. That data turned out to be a sample of 34,000 cabinets, out of what is now over 60,000 cabinets. The data used there gives us a great snapshot of how many cards are installed in cabinets, and how many ports are in use.
The upshot is that around 90% of cabinets are still on only their first or second linecard, with roughly the same amount still on their first set of tie pairs.
Thread, with links to statistics: http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/fibre/4409966-fttc-...
That thread has a link to a further thread with statistics from 1 year earlier.
So it appears that many are satisfied with ADSL; perhaps Dial-up; and even no Web access at all.
And, from Ofcom graphs, it seems fair enough to say that even when a subscriber has swapped to fibre-based connection, the 40Mbps package seems to be enough for most. This self-imposed limit seems to apply to VM equally; here around one-third are interested in paying for speeds above the 50Mbps level.
So ... only 30% of the nation have gone for a superfast connection, and only 35% of them (ie 10% of the nation) have gone for an option above the bare minimum.