Superfast broadband services are now available to over two million additional premises across the UK, the government has said.
The headline figure comes six months after the government revealed that one million properties were passed, as many more deployments made by BT’s Openreach division have now come online.
These deployments are those funded by government money under the Broadband Delivery UK scheme designed to ensure those in remote and rural areas are not left behind in the rollout of superfast services.
The two millions properities, when combined with the 19 million or so premises already passed by BT and other internet provider's commercial rollout, mean four out of five premises can now access high-speed broadband, the government said.
The largest rollout has taken place in Wales, with 299,876 passed, followed by the Midlands with 291,985 and the East of England with 288,729. The table below shows the full number of deployments by location.
BT confirmed earlier this week that it is rolling out services to some 54,000 properties in Scotland as part of its project in the country.
Joe Garner, CEO of Openreach, said that the company is delighted with the progress over the past six months.
“The programme is on schedule overall and our people continue to work flat out on connecting homes and business in the UK’s hard-to-reach areas,” he said.
Garner also confirmed that, if the projects came in under budget, the company will use the balance for further rollouts.
Culture secretary Sajid Javid said that the two million figure is proof that the government’s investment is value for money.
“Today there are two million UK homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband than there were two years ago as a result of this ambitious project.
"This is a tremendous result that is already making a huge difference to millions of people. We want everyone in the UK to be able to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband.
"That’s why we’ve begun work on reaching the last five per cent of communities not covered by existing plans."
The government also confirmed that it will start seven pilot schemes for the rollout of broadband in the remotest regions. One of these involves using satellites to deliver services to Exmoor.
"This is the first time that satellites will be used to deliver superfast speeds to residential customers in the UK at affordable prices," it said.
V3 asked the Department for Media, Culture and Sport for more information on the other six projects but had received no reply at the time of publication.
Earlier this week the government secured a legally binding deal with the UK's four mobile operators to improve coverage in rural areas, as part of a bid to enhance digital coverage and connectivity around the country.
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