BDUK gets superfast broadband to 4.77 millionSarah Shepherd
Figures published today by DCMS showed that BDUK-supported projects have seen 4,772,207 premises with a superfast broadband service available to them by the end of December 2017. The £1.7 billion Government program, BDUK, has provided funding where superfast broadband would be otherwise commercially unviable, enabling the Government to deliver on its manifesto commitment that 95% of the UK would have access to superfast speeds by the end of last year.
With a net spend of £595,470,286, the last quarter of 2017 saw 8,014 premises covered per £ million of expenditure. The figures exclude those properties which might have benefitted from the scheme but where the broadband speed didn’t reach the 24Mbps stipulated ‘superfast’.
The next publication, giving data up until the end of March 2018 will be the last, although BDUK will continue funding deployment projects.