Latest BDUK Performance Indicator data published
The BDUK team within DCMS has released its latest quarters figures showing that superfast coverage delivered via the gap funding scheme has continued to increase.
The increasing coverage comes at a time when the performance of UK broadband is under attack from many corners, but all too often that is headline chasing rather than a full analysis of what people actually have available to them.
|Cumulative to end of:||Premises with superfast broadband service made available||BDUK funding (£)||Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure|
As always a reminder that the BDUK is only continuing to count premises where speeds of over 24 Mbps are available, i.e. its superfast broadband and this will include a mixture of technologies such as VDSL2, FTTP and fixed wireless. The funding refers only to the money from Westminster, individual councils will be putting in varying amounts as are the operators who now are delivering via the many contracts.
The 4.5 million premises means the BDUK scheme has added 16 percentage points towards the current 93.5% of premises with access to a superfast broadband option since the days of December 2012 when the commercial coverage was sat at 67.5%, the gap of 10% is accounted for by continuing roll-outs of commercial and community funded schemes.
The current goal is for the UK to reach 95% superfast coverage by the end of 2017 and a mixture of gain-share reinvestment and commercial and community roll-outs will hopefully push coverage beyond this as 2018 progresses.