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Broadband

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 150799, tabled on 8 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in rolling out superfast broadband.

Answered on

11 February 2021

According to Thinkbroadband (http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/uk), currently 96.98% of premises in the UK have access to Superfast broadband, this is up from 58% in 2012.

A breakdown of each area of the UK can be found below:

England - 97.49% - up from 61% in 2012

Wales - 95.63% - up from 36.6% in 2012

Scotland - 95% - up from 49% in 2012

Northern Ireland - 90.22% - up from 70.4% in 2012

Since its inception in 2012, the Superfast Programme has delivered superfast broadband to 5.3 million premises, which constitutes 17% of all households in the UK. In 2019, the majority of delivery on the Superfast Programme moved from Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) to Fibre to the Premise (FTTP). For example, for the financial quarter April-June 2020, ~90% (27k premises out of 30k) of delivery through the programme was FTTP. The Superfast Programme, therefore, is now a significant contributor to the government’s gigabit ambitions, as well as satisfying its commitment to Superfast coverage.

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