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January 29, 2014

UK speeds up superfast broadband project

Premises connected to superfast broadband tripled during the last quarter.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK government has claimed that the number of premises connecting to superfast broadband has increased about three times during the last quarter of 2013 to 273,731.

The roll out is part of the Government’s plan to secure Britain’s future by offering better infrastructure services with the ongoing £1.2bn project.

According to the statistics from UK goverment, currently over 300,000 premises are accessing superfast speeds due to the project, while the number of homes and premises gaining access is expected to increase from 10,000 per week to 40,000 per week by the summer this year.

By 2017, the Government’s broadband transformation programme is expected to cover about 95% of the country.

UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller said having superfast broadband is really important to people up and down the country whether they need it for work or simply to download music or films.

"These figures prove that there is now a real momentum with thousands of homes and businesses now getting access each week," Miller added.

"This is part of our long term economic plan and broadband will be instrumental in driving growth and boosting local economies throughout the UK."

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Currently, about half of the projects across the UK are said to have live cabinets with access to the superfast broadband, while about 1000 cabinets have gained access in areas around the country.

The reports claim that the UK offers more superfast broadband coverage compared to Germany, Italy and Spain, and France.

Under the programmed, the government is providing superfast access to about 10,000 premises per week that is expected to increase form 25,000 per week in spring 2014 to 40,000 per week by summer 2014.

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