BDUK Passes 1.5 Million Premises

Just three months after it celebrated passing its millionth premises, the government's rollout of superfast broadband has now touched 1.5 million homes and businesses.

The government has claimed that Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is now passing more than 40,000 new properties every week.

It is now entering the fastest stage of deployment, with a good number of the 44 local authorities participating in the scheme, which is understood to be ahead of schedule.

Culture secretary Sajid Javid said: "Our transformation of the UK's digital landscape is progressing at an incredible rate and delivering a tremendous boost to the nation's economy."

BT, BDUK's only partner had said it had now rolled out 25,000 km of fibre-optic cabling around the country, and deployed 8,500 street cabinets in rural communities.

Both BT's, and others', national broadband speed in the UK has quadrupled from 5.2Mbps in May 2010 to 18.7Mbps in May 2014.

The government is certain the rollout will cover 95% of the UK by the 2017 deadline. At the moment, 80% of premises can access superfast broadband under the government definition, which is up 45% from 2009.

BT managing director of next generation access acknowledged that there is still a lot of work to be done.

He said: "BT is investing more than £3bn of our shareholders' money to plan, design and build a national network that reaches as many homes and businesses as possible.

"The fibre broadband roll-out is bringing really positive social and economic benefits to people all over the UK, and this programme is a great example of successful partnership between the private sector, local and national government."

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