Openreach, BT’s network access division, has passed 25 million premises with its wholesale fibre-backed network.
The announcement came just days after broadband comparison website ThinkBroadband revealed 90% of UK homes and businesses could now access a service which has been defined by the government as ‘superfast’. Superfast means delivering speeds of more than 24Mbps which fulfils an objective first set out by the coalition government in 2010.
This measure puts the UK ahead of other large EU economies such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
CEO at Openreach, Clive Selley, said: “The UK is making great progress with fibre broadband. Availability and take up are well ahead of most European countries and I’d like to thank the thousands of Openreach engineers who have worked so tirelessly to make this happen.
“The job isn’t finished however and we are working hard to get coverage to 95% and above. We are also exploring how we can improve speeds for the million or so premises in the final few percent of the country.”
Openreach revealed the average broadband speeds in the UK increased by 27% over two years from 23Mbps in 2015 to 29Mbps – a measure that is set to increase as more people take up fibre-backed connections.
4,700 telephone exchanges have been upgraded by Openreach and tens of thousands of fibre cabinets have been installed around the UK.
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