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Two million more UK homes and businesses can now get superfast broadband

Superfast West Yorkshire has now reached more than 40,000 premises and has passed the half way mark of the project. 

Superfast West Yorkshire has now reached more than 40,000 premises and has passed the half way mark of the project.

The programme is part of the Government’s nationwide rollout of superfast broadband which has now reached more than two million homes and businesses.

The rollout is delivering superfast access - internet speeds greater than 24 Mbps - to those properties not covered by existing commercial networks and is on track to take superfast access to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.

Superfast West Yorkshire recognises the importance of a fast internet connection to individuals and businesses alike, and, together with Government, has invested in a multimillion pound project to deliver superfast broadband to the region. Around 80 per cent of the UK already has access to superfast speeds, and the rollout is currently reaching an additional 40,000 homes and businesses every week.

 Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said:

“Today there are 42548 more West Yorkshire homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband than there was two years ago as a result of this ambitious project. We want everyone in the UK to be able to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, that’s why we’ve begun work on reaching the last five per cent of communities not covered by existing plans.”

Focus is now firmly placed on the hardest to reach areas that make up the “final five per cent” of the UK not covered by existing plans, and Government has already begun work on extending superfast coverage to these communities.

Ian Gray, Chair of the Superfast West Yorkshire board said:

“We are pleased with the progress of the programme so far, and are looking to continue this into the final months of our project.

“Superfast broadband offers plenty of benefits to businesses and householders alike. From faster upload and download speeds and making sure your whole family can be online to streaming movies and sharing photos and videos more quickly, faster broadband can save people time and frustration.”

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director for Next Generation Access, said: “Today marks a giant step forward in the rollout of fibre broadband in West Yorkshire and across the UK.

“Across West Yorkshire area 737,000  homes and businesses now have access to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to Superfast West Yorkshire and BT’s own commercial fibre broadband programme.

“We are now reaching into the heart of scores of communities that have so far been beyond the reach of this vital technology.

“There can be few areas of modern life which are not influenced in some way by broadband – whether it’s supporting how we work, how we learn, how we communicate with friends and family, or how we entertain ourselves.

“Now is the time to embrace high-speed broadband and switch to the superfast lane.”

 The Government confirmed today that seven pilot schemes aimed at helping to reach these areas will now move into deployment, having successfully completed the first stage of a trial period.

The seven schemes will: 

Generate evidence about the cost of delivering superfast speeds in these hardest to reach areas, in order to better understand the level of public investment that will be needed

  • Build capacity and capability in the market, and increase the market’s knowledge of State aid requirements, by sharing the pilot findings as widely as possible
  • Generate evidence about expected levels of take-up in hardest to reach areas, and how it can be incentivised

For more information about Superfast West Yorkshire and find out if you have access to superfast broadband visit www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race.  The portfolio is comprised of three elements:  

•             £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017

•             £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities

•             £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services

Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.

For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk

About Superfast West Yorkshire

Superfast West Yorkshire is a partnership between all five West Yorkshire local authorities and BT.

The partnership is jointly funded by Broadband Delivery UK (part of Department of Culture, Media and Sport), European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), local authority funds and BT investments.

The initiative, which is supported by the Leeds City Region Partnership, will ensure more businesses and residents across West Yorkshire get access to fibre broadband.

Superfast West Yorkshire aims to stimulate demand for superfast broadband across West Yorkshire and will also deliver a Business Support Programme to support businesses to maximise the opportunities superfast broadband can provide.

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,103mwith reported profit before taxation of £2,315m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. 

For more information, visit www.btplc.com


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Feb 9, 2015