Details of the plan to achieve a transformation in broadband in the UK by 2017.
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is delivering superfast broadband and better mobile connectivity to the nation.
The Government is supporting investment to:
- provide superfast broadband coverage to 90% of the UK by early 2016 and 95% by December 2017
- provide access to basic broadband (2Mbps) for all from December 2015
- explore options to provide superfast coverage to the hardest to reach parts of the UK
- encourage the take up of superfast broadband by SMEs to support growth through the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme (now closed)
- improve mobile coverage in remote areas by 2016
BDUK has three programmes to achieve this:
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).
Government funding is stimulating private sector investment in broadband to ensure that the benefits of better broadband are available across the UK.
Funding has been allocated to projects in two phases:
- Phase 1 aims to provide superfast broadband to 90% of premises in the UK and universal access to basic broadband of 2Mbps
- Phase 2 is further extending coverage to 95% of the UK
In addition the Government is supporting seven Market Test Pilots to gain understanding of the challenges in rolling out superfast broadband to the hardest to reach areas of the UK.
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 Further information on State aid is explained on the State Aid Advice web pages.
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 is supporting investment in mobile infrastructure to improve coverage for voice calls and text messages for the final 0.3-0.4% of UK premises that don’t currently have it.
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.