Government releases latest figures as BDUK edges it closer to 95 percent superfast broadband coverage by 2017

The government assisted rollout of superfast broadband has now directly connected 3.84 million homes that would not have otherwise been covered by commercial deployments, according to latest Whitehall figures.

This is up from the 3.63 million passed in December 2015 at a cost of £406.9 million – or 8,909 homes and businesses covered per £1 million.

BDUK coverage figures

Virgin Media fibre optic broadband map

However the government says work is completed before cash is handed out and estimates the actual figure is £500.7 million, making it 7,671 properties passed per £1 million.

The government has previously said it expects BDUK to pass four million properties by the spring , so the next update should reveal whether this has been achieved.

The government s target is to reach 95 percent by 2017 and has just confirmed plans for a universal service obligation USO that would require anyone in the country to be able to request access to 10Mbps.

However the most remote parts of the UK might have to contribute to the cost and the USO could be reviewed in the future as speed demands rise.

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