Interactive State Aid map

Use this map to find out if your property is eligible for investment by our programme.

The Interactive NGA State Aid Map (November 2017) shows where existing broadband coverage currently is and isn't available across Essex. This coverage information is based on network operator responses received under the 2016 Open Market Review (OMR) and Public Consultation, the 2017 Public Consultation, and other public feedback and subsequent clarification of these responses by the operators.

On the map you will see properties classed within the Next Generation Access (NGA) categories as required by EU State Aid legislation to indicate whether superfast broadband is or is not available: NGA Black (More than one superfast provider), NGA Grey (One superfast provider), NGA Under Review (Yellow - Superfast provision under review), or NGA White (No superfast providers). Please consult the key below the map to help you understand how these categories have been applied and what this means for your property.

Please note that the Superfast Essex programme is focused on the areas where there is ‘market failure’, i.e. there is no superfast coverage available and no plans exist to deploy this within the next three years. These are identified as NGA White on the State Aid map. We are not allowed by law to invest in areas where there is an existing superfast service available or where an operator plans to deploy this within the next three years (NGA Black or NGA Grey on the map). Therefore any properties not classed as NGA White are not eligible for future investment under the Superfast Essex programme.

Where superfast provision is under review - NGA Under Review (Yellow) on the map, a commercial operator claim of existing or planned superfast coverage is being monitored and it has not yet been determined whether superfast provision is available. All properties planned for work under the Superfast Essex programme are also shown as NGA Under Review (Yellow). They will be updated to show as NGA Grey once deployment is completed. It is possible that due to some engineering reasons some properties planned under the current deployment may not actually achieve superfast speeds when the plans are fully implemented. In such cases these properties would then revert to NGA White classification and become eligible for future investment.

Please note this map is not to be confused with the Superfast Essex interactive rollout map, which shows the current Superfast Essex Phase 2 and 3 deployment plans, available at: www.superfastessex.org/maps

NGA State Aid Map Legend:

NGA Black - More than one superfast provider

These areas highlight where broadband coverage of 30Mbps and above is available from more than one broadband network operator. This could be because the coverage has been made available as a result of commercial work carried out by multiple network operators directly, or as a result of the work completed by the Superfast Essex programme which has been followed by independent commercial network operator investment. The broadband speeds available are defined as Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) – the team within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is responsible for the national broadband rollout.

Under State Aid rules, Superfast Essex is legally unable to invest in broadband where NGA broadband coverage is available, so these areas will not be eligible for investment under the Superfast Essex programme – because there is already more than one superfast broadband service available.

NGA Grey - One superfast provider

These areas highlight where broadband coverage of 30Mbps and above is available from one broadband network operator. This could be because the coverage has been made available as a result of commercial work carried out by a network operator directly, or as a result of the work completed by the Superfast Essex programme. The broadband speeds available are defined as Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) – the team within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is responsible for the national broadband rollout.

Under State Aid rules, Superfast Essex is legally unable to invest in broadband where NGA broadband coverage is available, so these areas will not be eligible for investment under the Superfast Essex programme – because there is already a superfast broadband service available.

NGA Under Review (Yellow) - Superfast provision under review

These areas highlight where broadband coverage is either planned or claimed to exist by a commercial broadband network operator and the State Aid status of that area is still being monitored. All planned work under the Superfast Essex programme is also being classed as under review until work is complete. It is therefore unconfirmed at this stage whether the broadband coverage planned or claimed to be available meets the required Next Generation Access (NGA) guidelines. For this reason, these areas are not currently eligible for investment while further analysis, investigation and review is carried out to assess the standard of the broadband coverage planned or claimed to be in the area. If following further review it is determined a superfast broadband service is not available, these areas will become eligible for investment from the Superfast Essex programme. If you have a comment to make regarding this status for your property, please contact us via our online form as we would appreciate any feedback you can provide to help us further understand the situation.

For any commercial coverage (existing or planned) which is under review a monitoring plan is in place to check that the operators under review are implementing their plans as advised to Essex County Council, and that the quality of the coverage is validated as being NGA compliant. The monitoring plan currently has three checkpoints each year, with an annual review to assess the general pace of progress. After that the classification of the relevant premises will be updated to indicate superfast broadband is available (NGA Grey), or superfast broadband is not available (NGA White). In the latter case these properties will then become eligible for investment from the Superfast Essex programme.

NGA White - No superfast providers

The white areas on the map highlight where broadband coverage of 30Mbps and above is not available from any broadband network operator. Properties in some of these areas may be able to access superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps to 29Mbps, others will have access to broadband speeds much lower – between 2Mbps to 23Mbps.

All white areas remain eligible for investment under the Superfast Essex programme. These properties represent the ‘final 3%’ of Essex which still requires investment to improve broadband coverage. We are aiming to reach 97% of Essex with our existing Phase 2 and Phase 3 plans, so we are expecting there will still be 3% of the county we are not yet due to reach with our programme. We are planning a Phase 4 and will have more information on the areas expected to be covered by Phase 4 as we complete procurement in 2018. Any new plans will be reflected on our interactive broadband rollout map once known.