The government has touted the success of its push to bring broadband services to remote areas of the UK by announcing that 200,000 premises are now able to access superfast speeds thanks to its investments.
Furthermore, the government confirmed that 5,000 more premises, in Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent and Medway, Cheshire, the Cotswolds and Shropshire, can now access superfast services for the first time.
The announcements form part of the ‘Super Switch on Day’ by the government to celebrate the push of fibre in rural areas. The government has funded this under the Broadband Delivery UK framework, despite the controversies it has generated.
Secretary of state for culture, media and sport Maria Miller said the switch-on in yet more remote regions underlined the importance of getting broadband to as many locations as possible.
“We are now witnessing an incredible transformation of superfast broadband in Britain, and we are already well ahead of other major European countries in many respects,” she said.
“We’re determined to ensure that everyone benefits and that broadband is available in the very hardest-to-reach areas of Britain, making a real difference to people who live in these communities. Today’s switch-on of cabinets across the country takes us yet another step closer to fulfilling our promise of giving superfast speeds to 95 percent of Britain by 2017.”
The government also announced that Durham switched on its first superfast cabinet on Tuesday, and Cumbria and Suffolk have passed the 10,000 premises mark. Norfolk has hooked up 17,000 premises.
The speed of the rollout is expected to increase throughout 2014 with the government claiming that some 40,000 homes and businesses a week across the UK would be coming online by summer 2014.
The push comes as more areas sign deals with BT to offer superfast services. Numerous locations in Greater Manchester signed a £15m deal with the telecoms firm on Tuesday to expand the number of premises that can access superfast speeds.
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