UK broadband investment connects 2.5 million more homes

According to official government statistics, as of the end of March 2015 an additional 2,411,395 properties have superfast broadband from the £1.7 billion investment.

At the current rate an extra 40,000 homes and businesses are being connected per week and therefore the 2.5 million milestone has already been passed.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale commented, “access to superfast speeds has never been more important, in both our home and working lives.

The Government’s rollout of superfast broadband will make sure that rural homes and businesses are not left behind and that the UK is properly equipped to meet the challenges of the digital age.”

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “we’re rolling out superfast broadband at a terrific rate and we’re reaching another 5,000 homes and businesses every day.

Many of the projects are ahead of schedule and we’re seeing more people upgrade to superfast broadband as it becomes available in their area.”

Gavin Patterson, BT Chief Executive added, “the roll out of fibre broadband in rural areas is getting stronger with every month that passes.

Homes and businesses are benefiting across the UK as our engineers work tirelessly to connect them to superfast broadband. This is a critical project that will make a real difference to peoples’ lives and help rural economies thrive across the UK.”

Superfast broadband reaches an estimated 80% of the UK, compared to a rate of zero just six years ago; the government believes it is on track to achieve the stated target of 95% national coverage by the end of 2017.

The government has said that it is pressing onwards to target the 5% not covered under the targets for 2017, including piloting alternative technologies to provide a service in the most remote or inaccessible areas.

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