Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru / National Assembly for Wales

Pwyllgor yr Economi, Seilwaith a Sgiliau/ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

Seilwaith digidol Cymru/ Digital Infrastructure in Wales

Ymateb gan thinkbroadband / Evidence from thinkbroadband

 

The data contained in this document was sourced in the period of 28th November to 8th December 2016 and as the roll-outs are still underway there will have been further roll-out. Generally this means a change nationally of 0.4% each month, the latest data is always available at https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/wales

The tracking of availability is based on all the fixed line providers, which generally comprises Openreach, Virgin Media and Hyperoptic in Wales. In addition to the availability we also match a number of years of observed speed test results from the public against the various areas of Wales.

This means we can give insight into coverage, the speeds people receive from the faster services and an estimate of take-up.

The two main views of Wales are the degrees of superfast coverage by local authority and Westminster constituency. The constituency level view with relatively uniform population size also help to give some idea of the areas of high population density.

Mid and West Wales are the two areas lagging, but these are also the areas where superfast coverage was low or non-existent a few years ago.

This simpler map highlights the levels of change in the last 12 months across Wales and is useful to highlight that the roll-outs while not uniform across the areas of Wales is targeting the areas where coverage was lowest.

One issue we have learnt is that people sometimes miss construe the uniform colouring of the council and constituency areas, for example with some areas if you a service is delivered to the two major towns of an area you find people in the rural areas dispute the coverage levels. Therefore it is often proven better to show a dot per postcode format such as:

The combined analysis of where superfast broadband is available and speed tests demonstrating people have taken up the service shows an observed take-up of 32%.

In table form coverage as of 7th December for Welsh Parliamentary constituencies with speed test results from Q3/2016 and the Q4 results should be available the first week of January. The rank is based on the full 650 UK set of constituencies.

Rank
(Based on superfast coverage, over 24 Mbps)

Constituency

More Detail

Superfast (Over 24 Mbps - UK)
(% of premises covered)

Superfast (Over 30 Mbps - EU)
(% of premises covered)

Observed Average Download Speed Q3 2016 (Mbps)

Observed Average Upload Speed Q3 2016 (Mbps)

39

Rhondda

W07000052

99.1%

98.1%

18.6

4.2

55

Cardiff West

W07000079

98.9%

98.8%

31.3

4.7

108

Blaenau Gwent

W07000072

98.4%

97.8%

17.7

3.9

116

Swansea East

W07000048

98.3%

98.2%

29.3

5.1

174

Swansea West

W07000047

97.7%

97.5%

31.0

4.7

197

Cardiff South and Penarth

W07000080

97.3%

97.2%

29.1

5.0

208

Cardiff North

W07000051

97.2%

96.4%

27.4

4.9

223

Pontypridd

W07000075

96.8%

96.0%

20.1

4.5

237

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

W07000071

96.6%

95.3%

18.1

3.9

246

Cynon Valley

W07000070

96.5%

95.4%

18.0

4.1

250

Cardiff Central

W07000050

96.4%

96.1%

28.8

4.5

251

Islwyn

W07000077

96.4%

94.6%

18.7

4.2

262

Caerphilly

W07000076

96.2%

94.6%

18.8

4.1

268

Torfaen

W07000053

96.1%

94.8%

20.9

4.1

278

Newport West

W07000056

95.9%

95.5%

27.8

4.8

291

Aberavon

W07000049

95.9%

95.2%

31.2

4.9

295

Newport East

W07000055

95.8%

95.5%

24.7

4.3

317

Bridgend

W07000073

95.5%

94.6%

19.5

4.6

338

Alyn and Deeside

W07000043

95.1%

94.1%

18.5

3.9

369

Wrexham

W07000044

94.2%

93.4%

17.0

3.7

381

Ogmore

W07000074

93.9%

90.9%

16.5

3.6

405

Llanelli

W07000045

93.1%

91.7%

16.5

3.7

411

Neath

W07000069

93.1%

92.0%

23.5

3.9

439

Vale of Clwyd

W07000060

91.9%

90.9%

18.2

3.8

451

Vale of Glamorgan

W07000078

91.3%

90.6%

24.4

4.0

453

Gower

W07000046

91.1%

90.3%

22.2

4.0

520

Aberconwy

W07000058

86.6%

85.1%

15.9

3.5

522

Arfon

W07000057

86.5%

84.1%

16.6

3.6

545

Delyn

W07000042

84.4%

82.6%

17.7

3.6

575

Clwyd West

W07000059

81.2%

80.2%

15.1

3.3

587

Ynys Mon

W07000041

79.7%

78.0%

16.6

3.5

590

Monmouth

W07000054

79.6%

77.9%

15.8

3.5

597

Preseli Pembrokeshire

W07000065

78.6%

76.7%

16.3

3.4

598

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

W07000066

78.4%

76.9%

15.9

3.5

609

Clwyd South

W07000062

76.5%

74.3%

14.8

3.2

616

Dwyfor Meirionnydd

W07000061

74.0%

72.1%

16.8

3.6

636

Brecon and Radnorshire

W07000068

63.5%

62.1%

12.5

2.5

637

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

W07000067

62.5%

59.8%

11.8

2.7

638

Montgomeryshire

W07000063

62.1%

60.5%

12.6

2.5

646

Ceredigion

W07000064

58.1%

56.1%

14.1

3.1

One very important aspect of the SuperfastCymru roll-out is the availability of fibre to the premises this is running at 1.4% currently and rises to 1.56% once you factor in the presence of Hyperoptic. We are aware of a large amount of Openreach FTTP that is in the build stages, and this is likely to be in the order of another 2-3% which based on our analysis would put Wales well past the 90% superfast mark, and ensure the original goal of 96% fibre based broadband availability was met.

The biggest challenge appears to be convincing people that the project is delivering, and as those who are still to benefit are becoming increasingly vocal ensuring clear communication as to when they will see an improvement is important.

Additionally there are many who may be confused e.g. the talk is all about superfast broadband, but there are plenty who would benefit from upgrading from slow ADSL services to VDSL2 even when it can only deliver 10 to 15 Mbps.