UK Government aims for 100% superfast broadband coverage in the UK by 2017


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The UK’s Communications Minister Edward Vaizey has hinted the government’s plans to reach total superfast broadband coverage in Britain within the next few years.

Broadband Delivery UK, or BDUK, and its related projects have been working towards a target of 95% coverage by 2017, which should rise to 99% in 2018 when you include mobile broadband as well.

This £1.2billion project has been bringing superfast broadband, capable of speeds in excess of 24Mbps, to some particularly hard to reach areas.

However, a new £10million Innovation Fund is currently conducting eight different pilot schemes across the UK, to bring a better service to otherwise completely unreachable areas.

Speaking at the House of Commons, Vaizey said: “Local councils are in charge of the roll-out, so they should know where the money should go first for the most impact.

”As I say, we have had phase one to get to 90%, we now have phase two to get to 95%; and the money we have allocated for new technologies will give us the figure we need to get to 100%.”

What are the benefits of superfast broadband?

If you often find yourself frustrated by constant buffering symbols and slow download speeds, a superfast broadband connection could improve your online experience.

Fibre broadband packages, offering speeds of up to 152Mb, are now widely available across the UK.

These allow you to download whole video games in just a few minutes, whole albums in a few seconds and stream the latest blockbuster movies directly to your TV in crystal clear HD.

To find out if superfast broadband is available in your area, why not try using our Mirror Digital Switching Service , provided by Simplifydigital on behalf of the Mirror digital Switching service.

Simply enter your postcode and press start to begin testing your speed.

Once the test is complete, you’ll be given a full list of great deals from the UK’s top providers, all offering a better online experience