Over a million homes can now access FTTP, says Ofcom
The number of homes in the UK that are able to access an ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) or full-fibre broadband service has ticked over a million for the first time, according to statistics from Ofcom.
Ofcom revealed that FTTP access had increased from 498,000 homes in May 2016 to 840,000 by May 2017. In the seven months between May and December 2017, it said a further 180,000 homes had been hooked up to FTTP, taking the total to 1.2 million, or 4% of the national total.
At the same time, the number of properties unable to access a service capable of providing download speeds of 10Mbps or higher dropped by over 150,000 between May and December 2017, taking it below a million for the first time ever. In January 2018, the number of homes that could not receive such a service stood at 925,000. Last May, the figure stood at 1.1 million, and in May 2016 it was 1.6 million.