BDUK-funded projects have brought superfast broadband to 3.8m premises

20 May 2016

Statistics published by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have revealed that a total of 3,840,643 premises had gained access to a superfast broadband service by the end of March 2016 as a result of projects supported by the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) superfast broadband programme. The government noted that the premises include those in intervention areas where a service offering downlink speeds of 24Mbps or higher have been made available, and exclude those premises which have superfast broadband available from existing sources.

In terms of the level of funding for projects so far, the statistical release revealed that grants to local authorities and budget transfers to devolved administrations amounted to a cumulative GBP476.74 million (USD696 million) up to end-March 2016, equating to 8,056 premises covered per GBP1 million of broadband delivery programme expenditure. However, on an accruals basis (which includes current claims), the state highlighted that cumulative BDUK expenditure to the end of March 2016 was estimated at GBP500.68 million, which would equate to 7,671 premises covered per GBP1 million of broadband delivery programme expenditure.