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The number of UK homes and businesses gaining access to super-fast broadband through the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme continues to rise.

According to a performance report from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), 111,968 properties in areas covered by the scheme had access to download speeds of 25Mb or greater at the end of Q3 2013.

This was up from just 38,343 in the previous quarter and 16,638 at the end of Q1 2013.

The latest figures suggest the government is starting to gain value for money from the initiative, with 10,821 premises per £1 million invested having access to super-fast broadband at the end of September.

This was up from 5,666 homes and businesses per £1 million in the previous quarter.

By 2015, the government wants at least 90 per cent of UK premises to have access to super-fast broadband.

The target for 2017 is 95 per cent coverage, and the goal for 2018 is 99 per cent.

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