Superfast connections up almost three-fold

Businesses reliant on connectivity and collaboration have been identified by the government as one of the winners from its tripling in the number of premises able to hook up to superfast broadband.

In an update yesterday, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said the stock of properties that can access superfast internet services leaped from 111,968 in September to 273,731 in December.

Seeming keen to address concerns about the roll-out to rural areas, which freelancers body PCG has raised, the government said it was on track to deliver high-speed connections to 95% of the country by 2017.

Nearer-term, the department estimated that the number of homes and commercial premises gaining access to superfast speeds would rise from 10,000 a week to 40,000 a week by the summer of this year.

That means that more and more traders will soon be able to “collaborate with colleagues and customers on conference or video calls or swap their hardware and expensive software licenses for files, processing power and software from cloud computing.”

Officials added that details of how £250million would be allocated to local authorities as part of the nationwide rollout to take coverage to 95% of the UK by 2017 were to be the subject of an announcement shortly.


29th January 2014

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