Northern Ireland had the highest availability of superfast broadband services in March 2012

Superfast broadband is defined as those connections with a headline ‘up to’ speed of 30Mbit/s or more, and by overlaying Virgin Media cable broadband availability data onto that of BT’s FTTC network we are able to estimate the overall availability of superfast services. Again, it should be noted that the figures below will be slightly under-stated as they exclude BT’s FTTP network, homes where Virgin Media is not also able to provide fixed voice and pay-TV cable services, and other smaller-scale fibre deployments (such as Titanic Quarter in Belfast).

We estimate that by March 2012 60% of UK homes were able to receive superfast broadband services, up from 53% a year previously, largely as a result of BT’s ongoing FTTC roll-out (Figure 5.4). Household availability of superfast broadband in rural areas (28%) was less than half that in urban areas (67%) by March 2012, and Northern Ireland had the highest estimated proportion of homes able to receive superfast services among the UK nations, at 94%. Conversely, the availability of FTTC and/or cable superfast broadband was lowest in Wales, where an estimated 34% of homes were able to receive such services.