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Superfast broadband services are now available to 3.62 million premises in the UK as a result of projects backed by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

According to a report by the organisation, the government's broadband delivery arm, a total of £406 million was spent up to the end of December 2015 on these schemes.

The funds were handed out in the form of grants to councils and budget transfers to devolved administrations.

This works out to 8,090 premises being covered for every £1 million that was spent up to the end of last year.

The government has described the UK broadband rollout as the fastest of its kind anywhere in the world.

Indeed, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey recently described the initiative as "one of the biggest and most challenging infrastructure projects undertaken by government in recent times". 

"We need to keep the UK moving with the demands of the digital age, and our tremendous progress throughout 2015 has equipped businesses with the tools they need to grow, and homes with the technology to be part of our online global community," he commented.

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