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The Great British Broadband Boost

£645m is to be made available to help take superfast broadband to the most remote and hard to reach places in the UK, it was announced today by Minister for Digital, Matt Hancock

Together with other planned delivery, it is estimated that this could see more than 900,000 extra UK homes and businesses gain access to superfast speeds after the end of this year, taking superfast coverage to 98 per cent of the nation over the next few years.

Minister for Digital Matt Hancock  said:

 “We have now taken superfast speeds to almost 94 per cent of the UK, we are reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week, and are on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of the year. But we know there’s still more to do and we hope to reach another 900,000 premises, in part by using the money that is now being returned to the programme for reinvestment. This is all part of our commitment to make sure that 100 per cent of the UK has fast and reliable broadband by 2020.”

The Government’s rollout has now reached more than 4.5 million premises around the UK, and new figures show more than 2 million homes and businesses have now signed up for superfast connections in areas where the Government has invested in broadband. 

 A clause in the Government’s contracts requires suppliers to recycle funding when people take up superfast connections installed as part of the programme. Research published today shows this take up has been higher than expected and as a result, BT has set aside £465 million which will be available for extra coverage – up from £292m in December last year – with £129 million already allocated to be spent in regions around the UK.

Combined with project efficiencies of £180m, there will be up to £645 million available for local authorities to re-invest and take superfast speeds to those homes and businesses not already covered by existing plans.

Superfast connections of 24Mbps and above allow families to watch TV on multiple devices at the same time, or let children do homework while parents do online banking and shopping. The technology is ideal for many small businesses too, allowing bosses to run websites and buy and sell online.

This latest announcement comes hot on the heels of recent Government action to improve coverage in the most remote places in the UK. In July the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committed to introduce a Universal Service Obligation or agree a legally binding voluntary with BT to help make sure that everyone in the UK has the connectivity they need for the digital age.

Openreach CEO, Clive Selley, said:  

“I want to bring decent broadband to everyone in Britain, so it’s great that our successful delivery on this programme is converting into extra funding and we hope that money can now be reinvested to take coverage even further. 

“We’re making good progress, and credit for this should really go to our teams of expert planners and engineers who are using all of their skill, experience and ingenuity to deliver one of Europe’s largest and most complex civil engineering projects. 

“But we recognise there’s more to do, and we won’t stop until the job’s done.”

TDUK Telecoms Delivery UK, 9 September 2017

Notes to Editors:

  • Currently over 93 per cent of UK premises are able to access superfast broadband and we expect this figure will reach 95 per cent by the end of this year. However, the latest data available shows that only 31 per cent have chosen to upgrade to a superfast connection.

Number of homes and businesses now able to get a superfast broadband service as a result of the Government’s rollout

Nation/Region

 

Homes and businesses

North East England

152,784

Yorkshire and the Humber

365,778

North West England

408,766

Midlands

675,761

South East England

499,510

South West England

571,465

East of England

567,345

Scotland

632,972

Northern Ireland

46,949

Wales

653,315

Total

4,574,645

 

Projected Regional Gainshare and Efficiency Savings (These regional figures include projections for gainshare funding to be returned and the current levels of efficiency savings for each project)

 

Nation/Region

 

Money available for reinvestment by local authorities (projected)

 

North East England

£27.7m

Yorkshire and the Humber

£44.8m

North West England

£60.3m

Midlands

£113.4m

South East England

£90.3m

South West England

£79.6m

East of England

£87.7m

Scotland

£78.0m

Northern Ireland

£7.9m

Wales

£56.3m

Total

£645.9m

 

Take up rates of superfast broadband in areas reached by the Government’s rollout

 

Nation/Region

 

Take-up Rate

North East England

37%

Yorkshire and the Humber

37%

North West England

37%

Midlands

38%

South East England

44%

South West England

39%

East of England

42%

Scotland

34%

Northern Ireland

33%

Wales

37%

Total

38%

 


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Sep 9, 2017