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More than 1.5 million homes and businesses can now access fibre broadband as a result of the Broadband Delivery UK national rollout programme.

The scheme, which is geared at providing super-fast broadband to 95 per cent of premises, continues to go from strength to strength.

Another 500,000 homes and businesses have been passed by the fibre network since August, meaning 80 per cent of the population now has access to next-generation services.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said he was "delighted" to reach the 1.5 million homes milestone, allowing more people to access faster and more reliable connections.

"We know how important super-fast broadband is to everyone, which is exactly why we are investing £1.7 billion in this remarkable project," he stated.

"Our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape is progressing at an incredible rate and delivering a tremendous boost to the nation’s economy as part of the government’s long term economic plan."

Bill Murphy, Managing Director of BT’s Next-Generation Access Division, said it is a "fantastic achievement" to reach 1.5 million premises ahead of schedule.

However, he claimed there is still more to do, in terms of delivering super-fast broadband to premises across the UK.

"The fibre broadband rollout is bringing really positive social and economic benefits to people all over the UK, and this programme is a great example of successful partnership between the private sector, local and national government," Mr Murphy added.

He explained that BT is investing more than £3 billion of its shareholders' money to plan, design and build a national network that reaches as many homes and businesses as possible.

"We have already reached 21 million premises and our engineers will continue working flat-out to get this technology to some of Britain’s hardest to reach communities," Mr Murphy stated.

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