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Standard User Fellwalker
(newbie) Tue 01-Apr-14 20:09:52
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What % of UK internet connections are fibre?


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I've been struggling with a NAS, and filled in a support form on the manufacturers web site. It asked me how I connected to the internet, but in the drop down box there was no option for FTTC/FTTH. I expressed surprise and got an email back saying "Please be aware fiber connections are not yet the norm and I would suggest you choose the option that closely resembles the correct connection speed."

So I came here thinking that thinkbroadband would have that information. I've spent quarter of an hour searching, to no avail. A google search tells me how many homes they potentially cover, but nothing else.

Can anyone direct me to the page on this site that I've missed, or to some other resource that tells me? If there isn't any such, this would be a good study for thinkbroadband to undertake (or find a student who needs it for their dissertation).
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 01-Apr-14 20:21:28
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Re: What % of UK internet connections are fibre?


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http://www.thinkbroadband.com/factsheet/
and
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/images/factsheet/q1-20...

Where cable broadband and FTTC services count as Fibre based.

The amount of pure fibre FTTH/P/B in the UK is at http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6311-uk-shares-bo...

We have run some numbers for the Virgin and Openreach coverage and get figures within a margin of error for the data we have suggesting they are not lying massively about coverage.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband staff member. It may not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.
Standard User Fellwalker
(newbie) Tue 01-Apr-14 21:16:59
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Re: What % of UK internet connections are fibre?


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Thanks, I had seen that factsheet, but all it does is tell me total broadband fixed connections to the cabinet, and % "with access to" superfast broadband. It doesn't give any indication of how many are connected, only how many could if they wanted.
I'd not seen the FTTH stats, at least that gives connections.
My own experience of me and 6 friends I have asked shows 4 of us have FTTC. Probably unusual.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 01-Apr-14 21:37:38
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http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6278-bt-group-pub...

2.4 million FTTC actually have it installed. There average speed, no one has published a figure, nationally http://www.thinkbroadband.com/guide/fibre-broadband.... gives an estimate, embedded within factsheet as the 2015 projection.

You can play with national projections via http://www.coolwebhome.co.uk/estimate/

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband staff member. It may not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.
Standard User bobble_bob
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 01-Apr-14 22:41:18
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How low is “low”? We asked BT for its latest fibre figures. More than six million premises now have access to BT’s fibre lines, but only 300,000 customers have actually signed up for the service. That’s a less than impressive sounding conversion rate of 5%.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2011/11/11/how-bad-is-s...

Thats a few years out of date mind (Nov2011) not sure on latest figures

Edited by bobble_bob (Tue 01-Apr-14 22:42:17)

Standard User ian72
(knowledge is power) Wed 02-Apr-14 08:12:59
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Perhaps we should tackle this the other way round.

What options do they give you on the support form and we can suggest which is closest (although I suspect it is not even that relevant to the support anyway).
Standard User Fellwalker
(newbie) Fri 04-Apr-14 14:20:09
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It was a question about why I could not connect to their "cloud" which is in effect a DDNS. It might have had some bearing, but I found their cloud had been down since wednesday over a week ago, back up intermittently on this Thursday. I have no desire to go back into their cloud to see what the options are but I do recall dialup and ADSL. I think I put Cable. I've taken the device back as unfit for purpose - after all a "MyCloud" device outght to connect to the cloud?
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 04-Apr-14 17:05:16
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In which case problem all seems to have been on the services end if this is a Western Digital MyCloud device

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/03/after-week-long-my-...

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband staff member. It may not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.
Standard User Fellwalker
(newbie) Fri 04-Apr-14 22:54:54
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You are so right. I had to educate them about FTTH, as the support guy is now going to pass on to his team the info you kindly found.
Standard User WWWombat
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 04-Apr-14 23:26:22
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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
There average speed, no one has published a figure, nationally

The best I've seen comes from the Ofcom 2013 Infrastructure report, where we can see that 86% of those on FTTC get 30Mbps+, and 90% get 24Mbps+
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