Superfast broadband reaches 1.5 million properties in UK

Under the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative, 1.5million homes and businesses across the UK now have access to superfast fibre optic broadband.

The programme, which aims to make fast connections available to 95% of the population in the UK by 2017, seems to be gaining momentum - upwards of half a million more properties access to the service since August of this year.

The £1.7 billion project aims to help locations where fibre optic broadband is difficult to deploy, or considered commercially unviable. Rural and sub-urban areas in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been the focus of the BDUK deployment, which is being delivered by BT via BT Openreach.

Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid said: "We know how important superfast broadband is to everyone, which is exactly why we are investing £1.7billion in this remarkable project. Our transformation of the UK's digital landscape is progressing at an incredible rate and delivering a tremendous boost to the nation's economy as part of the Government's long term economic plan."

A press release by the government revealed that just over a quarter of connections in the UK are now classified as 'superfast' with more than 40,000 further premises being connected on a weekly basis. On average, the project is enabling 13,870 properties to access the service per million pounds of expenditure.

Source: ISPReview

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