UK superfast broadband target reached


The UK has hit its target of making a superfast broadband connection available to 90 per cent of homes, as promised back in 2010, research by Thinkbroadband has revealed.

The organisation’s tracking of what Openreach, KCom and Virgin Media have delivered saw the barrier broken on Tuesday 5 April. As of 7 April 2016, 90.012 per cent of homes have superfast broadband.

This milestone shows that progress is being made in the drive to boost connectivity, as in 2012, when the first Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) cabinet was delivered, coverage stood at 67.5%, according to Thinkbroadband.


Regional variations

However, as the stats show, huge regional variations still exist when it comes to the levels of coverage.

Indeed, of the 400+ local authorities across the UK, five still offer superfast coverage to under 50% of homes. They are the City Of London, Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles), Kingston Upon Hull, Orkney and Shetland Islands.

That means the BDUK objective to achieve 95 per cent availability of a 24Mbps service by the end of 2017 is still a fair way off. Thinkbroadband does however think that this target is likely to be met.

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