The latest report from Ofcom is an interesting read. It states clearly that the progress of the roll out of superfast broadband is nowhere near as good as Openreach or Surrey CC will tell you. Ofcom’s data on the coverage in rural areas is no surprise to us: “about 1.5 million, or 48 per cent of, premises are unable to receive speeds above 10Mbit/s”. This aligns closely with our own research in the GU8 area and is in stark contrast with Surrey County Council’s headlines of “97% of residents can get Superfast” and “Surrey is the best connected County in the UK”.
The conclusion appears to be that there is little likelihood that Superfast is coming to rural “not spots” in the next three years. This was the conclusion of the GU8 Superfast Team back in 2013 and prompted the campaign to privately fund a solution. Our neighbours in Hambledon face a similar decision, even after the Superfast Surrey intervention had rolled out their fibre service to the village – only serving half of residents.
Our own data is outlined below:
View the Ofcom report.