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Superfast broadband rollout triples in rural areas

31st January 2014
Superfast broadband rollout triples in rural areas

New statistics show a dramatic acceleration in the government’s nation-wide rollout of superfast broadband.

At the end of 2013, the number of premises benefiting from superfast broadband as a result of the BDUK programme had almost tripled to 273,731.

Based on past performance and these new statistics, it’s forecast that more than 300,000 UK premises can now access superfast speeds due to the programme.

The number of properties able to access superfast as a result of the rollout has almost tripled since September (273,731 as of 31.12.13, up from 111,968 on 31.09.13).

The number of homes and premises gaining access will rise from 10,000 per week to 40,000 per week by the summer, the government said.

The government added the transformation of broadband in rural areas is well underway, and is on track to deliver coverage to 95% of the country by 2017.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller commented: “Having superfast broadband is really important to people up and down the country whether they need it for work or simply to download music or films.

“These figures prove that there is now a real momentum with thousands of homes and businesses now getting access each week.

“This is part of our long term economic plan and broadband will be instrumental in driving growth and boosting local economies throughout the UK.”

Details of how an additional £250m will be allocated to local authorities as part of the nationwide rollout to take coverage to 95% of the UK by 2017 will be announced this Spring.