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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Speiser

Research Round-up October 2023


Point Topic’s key publications of the month:


Ultrafast UK: Gigabit connectivity leading to shake-up of telecoms sector, Part I – the infrastructure builders

A report from UK Plus


This report provides an update to our October 2022 publication, Gigabit-capable UK: transformation through regulation and reform. It covers the latest announcements and activities of the country’s three largest broadband players, Openreach, Virgin Media O2, and CityFibre, and looks at developments and progress made by several independent infrastructure providers.

In Summary

  • Openreach continued its FTTP deployment at pace and at the close of Q3 2023 had passed 11.5m (including 3.7m in hard-to-reach areas) premises; demand for its FTTP services was up 34% year-on-year with a total of 3.5m connections at the close of June 2023. (Figure 1)

  • nexfibre passed 500k premises on 3 October 2023 toward its aim to cover up to 7m homes in the UK by 2027. (Figure 2)

  • CityFibre’s (CF’s) nationwide full fibre network reached 3m premises in August, with more than 2.7m ready for service to ISPs; we estimate CF to have around 350k connections at the close of Q3 2023.

  • At the end of Q2 2023, the overall FTTP network coverage was just over 16.3m premises (51%), up from 12.2m (38%) year-on-year.

  • Netomnia (resells via YouFibre) passed 500k premises building at a run rate of c.50k premises per month, aiming to hit 1m in early 2024; YouFibre reached 50k subscribers milestone.

  • Hyperoptic announced it had passed 1.4m premises (mostly MDUs) hitting the 300k connections milestone, representing a healthy 21.4% take-up rate to its full fibre services.

  • Gigaclear passed 500k homes and businesses - with 430k ready for service (RFS) and secured an equity investment from Equitix worth up to £420m.

  • Our latest report on fixed broadband availability in the UK, tracking the progress between the end of March 2023 and the end of June 2023 shows AltNets are pushing ahead with their fibre rollouts. As an increasing number of AltNets are exceeding 100K fibre premises passed, we are now focusing on this cohort. The report is based on the ThinkPoint broadband availability dataset which includes 1.7m postcodes. (Figure 3)



Figure 1: Openreach ultrafast coverage, connections and penetration rates Q3 2021 – Q3 2023. Source: BT Group Company Reports and Point Topic estimates.
Figure 1: Openreach ultrafast coverage, connections and penetration rates Q3 2021 – Q3 2023. Source: BT Group Company Reports and Point Topic estimates.


Figure 2: Premises passed by VMO2 and nexfibre Q3 2022 – Q3 2023. Source: VMO2 and nexfibre company results.
Figure 2: Premises passed by VMO2 and nexfibre Q3 2022 – Q3 2023. Source: VMO2 and nexfibre company results.

Figure 3: Premises passed by independent fibre network operators, June 2023 (more than 100K premises). Source: Point Topic.
Figure 3: Premises passed by independent fibre network operators, June 2023 (more than 100K premises). Source: Point Topic.

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Broadband Coverage in Europe

Point Topic helped kick off the study 13 years ago and has been involved ever since. Working with Omdia and the EC has been an excellent experience and the quality of the output is testament to the work and commitment from all parties.

Broadband Coverage in Europe is designed to monitor the progress of EU Member States towards the gigabit coverage and 5G coverage targets as set out in the Digital Decade Policy programme. The collected data reflects the situation at the end of June 2022 compared to the situation at the end of June 2021.

Some headlines include:

  • At the end of June 2022, 73.4% of EU homes were passed by either FTTP or cable DOCSIS 3.1 networks, i.e. those technologies currently capable of supporting gigabit speeds.

  • Rural overall FTTP & DOCSIS 3.1 coverage reached 45.1% of rural households, growing by 8.1 percentage points in the twelve months to mid-2022.

  • FTTP availability, identified by the European Commission as one of the Digital Decade KPIs, continued to grow at an increasing rate compared to previous years, rising by 6.6 percentage points to pass over half (56.5%) of EU homes at the end of June 2022.

Progress has been made across all technologies and markets. We can see that FTTP passed 50% EU-wide availability but other fixed gigabit technologies have stalled.




Rural areas as ever lag the revenue-rich towns and cities and will rely on central subsidies to achieve full gigabit coverage.


With FTTP the preferred solution for new deployments there are large areas of Europe to be addressed.




More in-depth analysis to follow and keep an eye out for more from our sister company Expert Intelligence.

Read the report here.



Point Topic’s Datasets Now Available on Snowflake






We're excited to announce that we've recently collaborated with Snowflake, making a selection of our datasets available on their platform.

Engaging with Snowflake over the past months has been both insightful and productive. Our choice to leverage Snowflake's cloud-native infrastructure is a reflection of its growing importance in the data world.


Some key details include:

  • Point Topic's data on broadband subscription rates, technological adoption trends, market share analysis, and predictive growth figures are now housed on Snowflake.

  • Users have the opportunity to merge these datasets with their own, providing richer, more complete insights.

  • With Snowflake’s performance-driven infrastructure, you can expect timely access to our data without any major hitches.

  • The pay-as-you-use model from Snowflake makes it cost-effective for users to pull and analyze data based on their unique needs.


Stay tuned for more detailed insights on how to make the most of Point Topic datasets on Snowflake, and also datasets from our sister company, Expert Intelligence. Also, click below you can create a 30-day free trial account on Snowflake to view our dataset samples free of charge.




BT Group News

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) News

CityFibre (CF) News

Independent Operators (AltNets) News

Other News

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