The UK Government confirmed that almost 500,000 premises have been connected to gigabit-capable broadband since 2018 as part of a GBP 1 billion government funding commitment through to end-2021. A total of 45,000 vouchers, worth more than GBP 90 million, have been issued to cover the cost of delivering gigabit connections directly to homes and businesses. Combined with commercial investment, more than 7.5 million UK premises can now access gigabit-capable broadband, up from around 1.4 million in 2018.
The milestone comes as Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman invites households and businesses in rural towns and villages to apply on more than GBP 70 million available through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
Warman has also announced a new taskforce to drive consumer adoption of gigabit-speed broadband connections.
Th Gigabit Take-Up Advisory Group (GigaTAG) will be led by consumer and business groups including Which?, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).