For those struggling with slow broadband speeds, there is hope on the horizon, although it will take until 2020 for superfast broadband to reach everyone in the UK.
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The European Commission has the target of achieving superfast broadband speeds of at least 30 Mbps in every household in Europe by 2020, with 100 Mbps achieved in 50% of households.
This month, UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the intention to have the fastest broadband of any major European country by 2015, helped by three initiatives:
- ongoing Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) projects across the UK, aimed at achieving 90% coverage for superfast broadband services (defined as greater than 24 Mbps)
- a £150 million urban broadband fund, targeting cities, which will give around 15% of the UK population access to speeds of between 80 and 120 Mbps
- 4G mobile broadband roll-out, with one 4G licence requiring indoor coverage for 98% of the UK population.
According to Jeremy Hunt, 43 out of 46 local authority areas now have broadband plans approved for delivering 90% or greater superfast broadband access. He expects procurement to be completed across the whole country by July 2013.
If the Government is successful at delivering speeds of greater than 24 Mbps in 90% of premises by 2015, it will still take several years to reach 100%. For those unable to access superfast broadband services, it is vital to get the most out of existing basic broadband services.
To help, we have produced our Increase Broadband Speed guide.
You can track the progress of superfast broadband roll-out in the UK by visiting the following page: