Details of the plan to achieve a transformation in broadband in the UK
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is delivering superfast broadband and local full fibre networks to the nation.
The Government is supporting investment to:
- provide superfast broadband coverage to 95% of the UK by December 2017
- provide access to basic broadband (2Mbps) for all
- stimulate private investment in full fibre connections by 2021
Superfast Broadband Programme
The Government’s aim is to provide superfast broadband (speeds of 24Mbps or more) for at least 95% of UK premises and universal access to basic broadband (speeds of at least 2Mbps).
You can check whether superfast broadband is available in your area using the superfast broadband postcode checker and find out more details about what is happening in your local area using our Google Map
If you have broadband access which is less than 2Mbps you can find out what options are available to you using the Basic Broadband Scheme postcode checker
More information on the Government’s approach to delivering superfast broadband is available in the UK Next Generation Network Infrastructure Deployment Plan.
BDUK Local Body Information Spreadsheet
Information and take-up data on all procurements on the Superfast Broadband Programme can be found in the spreadsheet below. The spreadsheet also contains links to gainshare consultations published by local broadband projects. Table of local broadband projects
Further information on State aid is explained on the State Aid Advice web pages.
Local Full Fibre Networks Programme
Starting in 2017 to provide the fastest and most reliable broadband available Government will invest £200m to fund locally-led projects across the UK to leverage local and commercial investment to deliver more fibre connections .
Engagement with providers and local bodies has helped to shape a programme that will include: harnessing long-term public sector internet demand, providing gigabit connection vouchers to increase business take-up, upgrading connections into public buildings with fibre and improving access upgrades to publicly-owned infrastructure. These approaches focused on improving the business case for the private sector to invest in fibre networks to connect even more homes and businesses.
Government funding will stimulate private sector investment in full fibre to ensure that fibre connections are available across more of the UK.
Suppliers are now invited to register to take part in the market test Gigabit Voucher Scheme in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire; Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset; Coventry and Warwickshire; West Sussex (later start) and West Yorkshire. Registration details may be obtained on the Gigabit Voucher Scheme Supplier & Package Registration Request site. Suppliers may also contact us at LFFNSuppliers@culture.gov.uk.
Benefits of broadband
Improved connectivity is revolutionising our quality of life, from how we work and how our children learn, to how we spend our leisure time, how we do our weekly shop, and how we engage with public services. Find out more about how broadband can benefit you. A detailed review of the economic impacts of broadband is available in our UK Broadband Impact Study.
European funding for broadband
BDUK acts as the Broadband Competence Office to provide assistance with European funding for broadband projects. This includes the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). These funds are administered by other government departments but BDUK can provide support to help.
Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme
The Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme ran from December 2013 until October 2015. Over 50,000 vouchers for superfast broadband connections were issued to SMEs during the scheme, with 37,000 vouchers issued since April 2015 across 50 UK cities.
More information on the scheme and its benefits can be found on the Connection Vouchers website.
Mobile Infrastructure Project
The Government Mobile Infrastructure Project supported investment in mobile infrastructure to improve coverage for voice calls and text messages for the final 0.3-0.4% of UK premises that were unable to receive a service.
A detailed review of the Mobile Infrastructure Project is now available in our Impact and Benefits Report.
Market Test Pilots
The Government also supported seven Market Test Pilots to gain understanding of the challenges in rolling out superfast broadband to the hardest to reach areas of the UK.
Published: 27 February 2013
Updated: 19 October 2017
- The Local Full Fibre Networks Gigabit Voucher Scheme Supplier & Package Registration Request site is now live.
- The Mobile Infrastructure Project Impact and Benefits report has been published.
- Update to include information on Local Full Fibre Networks
- Updated link
- Update to reflect changes following the end of the SuperConnected Cities Programme and closure of the Broadband Connection Voucher scheme.
- Updated project information for the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) portfolio.
- Removed 'Rural Community Broadband Fund Toolkit' as it is now redundant.
- Added updated version of State aid guidance technology guidelines.
- state aid documents added
- First published.