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Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has helped more than four million premises get access to superfast broadband services.

In its latest progress report, the body revealed that projects it supported helped 4,012,047 premises see connectivity improvements by the end of June 2016.

Figures also showed that BDUK grants to local authorities and budget transfers to devolved administrations added up to a total of £492,573,929 in cash terms by the end of Q2.

This works out to 8,163 premises covered per £1 million of broadband delivery programme expenditure up to the end of June.

BDUK has pledged to continue working to improve the broadband network across the UK.

Making high-speed broadband available in rural communities was identified as one key priority for the organisation in the coming months.

The government has so far invested £1.6 billion on extending superfast coverage to around 95 per cent of the country as part of the BDUK scheme.

BDUK's figures come after Ofcom revealed the take-up of superfast broadband is on the rise across the UK, with 9.2 million fixed broadband connections classed as superfast by the end of last year. This is up from 7.1 million in 2014.

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