State support will bring high-speed broadband to 1.8 million homes header image

The government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) unit will bring high-speed internet connections to 1.8 million homes more than the private sector could manage alone.

This is according to a report by telecoms analyst Point Topic.

"We forecast that the areas receiving BDUK funding will help to drive super-fast coverage to 1.8 million more households in the UK by 2015 than would be expected if we relied on commercial deployments alone,” said Oliver Johnson, chief executive of Point Topic.

The report also claimed that bandwidth will increase by 50 per cent if government targets are met.

However, this will be subject to widespread regional variation. Areas such as Manchester, where high-speed broadband is already widely available, may see bandwidth growth of as little as 0.5 per cent.

Yet in poorly served areas such as Cumbria, bandwidth could increase by as much as 2,000 per cent.

Point Topic said the average speed of the highest bandwidth available in BDUK regions will grow from 52.6 Mbp/s to 83 Mbp/s by 2015, if the government's plans are successful.

Posted by Mark Wynn