Helping fibre broadband reach 95 per cent of the UK
More than 90 per cent of UK premises can access superfast broadband across all fixed networks and that is set to rise to 95 per cent by the end of 2017.
The Government, through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), initially set aside £530 million of public funding to help BDUK reach 90 per cent of premises by 2016. Each local authority evaluated bidders (during the procurement stage) before awarding the contracts. The Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) represents a further £250 million investment to extend Superfast Broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by the end of 2017.
Openreach has an ambition to take UK superfast broadband coverage beyond 95 per cent and the business stands ready to address slow speeds in the final few per cent of the country should there be regulatory support for its plans.