Rural broadband

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.

Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes

Berkshire

Black Country

Bucks and Herts

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Cheshire

Cornwall

Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW)

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon & Somerset

Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole

Durham

East Riding of Yorkshire

East Sussex

Essex

Hampshire

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire

Highlands and Islands

Isle of Wight

Kent & Medway

Lancashire

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Greater Manchester

Merseyside

Newcastle

North Yorkshire

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

Northern Ireland

Northumberland

Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire

Rest of Scotland

Rutland

South Yorkshire

Shropshire

Staffordshire & Stoke

Suffolk

Telford & Wrekin

Wales

West Sussex

West Yorkshire

Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire

Worcestershire

Buy it now

If the cabinet near you is ‘accepting orders’, the next step is to use the more detailed line checker on your service provider’s website


It takes time to get an area ready for fibre.  Find out what’s involved and what the challenges are.
Find out about the options open to you to improve broadband connectivity to your community.

When can I get it?