BDUK Passing 8,900 Homes for every Million Pounds

As the rollout continues, government figures suggest the BDUK programme is delivering better value for money to the public.

The government said projects supported by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) have now passed 3,311,843 premises with every million pounds of expenditure covering 8,899 properties.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport revealed BDUK was delivering better value for money than it was six months ago, when every million pounds covered 7,999 properties.

The project has delivered £372,153,178 to local authorities in the form of grants and budget transfers.

Viasat satellite lead Neil Fraser said that with around four million households left to cover in order to reach BDUK's target, people still need to trust the scheme will come in on time and on budget.

He said however that as BDUK moves closer to the end-game it was still unclear how the final 5% would be covered and this was becoming a great concern.

Fraser added: "BT invested £2.5bn on rolling out its fibre-optic network to two-thirds of the UK, while total public sector expenditure on the BDUK project currently stands at £1.7bn. This is to reach the relatively easy spots; for the final 5%, the costs of fibre could easily dwarf these."

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