The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has issued an update on the progress of countryside broadband rollout projects, saying that ‘nearly all’ have now entered the delivery phase. Meanwhile, from October 2013 the government department has noted that deployments will be accelerated, with around 10,000 rural premises expected to gain access to superfast broadband speeds each week from that date. Looking further ahead, the DCMS has said that by next Spring, that figure should rise to around 25,000 per week, before increasing further, to 40,000 per week by Summer next year. As such, it is claimed that the infrastructure project is on track to ensure that 90% of the UK population have access to superfast broadband speeds by early 2016, with around 100,000 premises in rural locations already having gained access to such connectivity as a result of work already completed.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said of the rural rollout programme: ‘The transformation of broadband in rural communities has begun and the coming months will see a rapid acceleration in the number of rural businesses and homes able to access superfast speeds. Average rural internet speeds are increasing at a tremendous rate and local businesses are already starting to benefit from all that superfast speeds have to offer.’