As of 31 December 2018 the UK government’s GBP1.7 billion (USD2.2 billion) publicly funded Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme had helped to extend ‘superfast broadband’ networks (defined as supporting download speeds of 24Mbps or above) to a total of 5.077 million premises. According to figures obtained by ISP Review, rollout contracts have been issued to providers covering a total of 5.478 million premises to date. Phase One of the scheme was broadly dominated by BT’s Openreach unit, while the ongoing Phase Two contracts have attracted a mix of extension deals and commitments from alternative network providers.
TeleGeography notes that the BDUK scheme was introduced in February 2013, by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). In 2017 the scheme was expanded to encompass the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) programme, which is designed to stimulate commercial investment in full fibre networks in both rural and urban locations across the whole of the UK.