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The government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project is edging closer to its target of 90% coverage for superfast broadband, new data has suggested.

Government figures published at the end of 2015 suggested that some 3.5 million premises have already benefitted from the BDUK rollout achieving coverage of 88.7%.

Analysts claim the target of 90%, which was initially set as part of BDUK's first funding phase, will be reached once the reach of the rollout passes the four million-mark.

The government had hoped to hit this target during 2015, although that was later tweaked in order to make up for administrative delays.

All of the contracts for phase one of BDUK have been delivered by BT, which has mainly used its ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) service and a little FTTP.

Attention is now set to turn to a new target of 95%, which is predicted to be reached sometime between 2017 and 2018.



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