UK Hits 90% Superfast Broadband Target

Broadband comparison site, ThinkBroadband, has revealed statistics that suggest the government has hit its target of making superfast broadband available to 90% of UK premises.

The objective was first listed under the last Labour government in 2009 and was subsequently made official by the coalition government in 2010.ThinkBroadband revealed coverage stood at 67.5% back in 2012.

ThinkBroadband editor Andre Ferguson said: “Hitting the 90% target has come a little later than originally hoped, but for such a large infrastructure project, the time taken is still very much a success.

“This is just a stepping stone towards greater targets, with various broadband projects across the UK now working towards a 95% superfast coverage goal by the end of 2017.”

ThinkBroadband believes that based on the current rates of deployment around the country this target is likely to be met.

However Ferguson believes that this would do little to ease the growing frustrations of those who are still left behind.

ThinkBroadband’s latest statistics found 89.4% of premises in the UK are able to hit the EU-defined superfast threshold of 30Mbps and 50.1% are able to achieve an ultrafast speed of 100Mbps.

This is mostly due to Virgin Media’s cable expansion which is available to 48.9% of UK premises.    

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