An additional 1.37 million premises across 21 English counties will get access to ultrafast internet as part of the government’s’Project Gigabit’ scheme, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced today. It’s an expansion to the 15 areas the government first announced would benefit.
More areas, including across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, will be added to the list “over the coming months”, DCMS said, as the government works to meet its target of ensuring 85% of households in the UK have access to gigabit speeds by 2025.
Following the upgrades, broadband speeds are expected to rise to one gigabit – 1,000 megabits – per second, enough to download a high-definition movie in less than 30 seconds. The current average for residential broadband is 80.2 megabits per second. See our Broadband Speed guide for tips on how to improve your broadband, including a free speed test.