Superfast broadband figures are welcomed

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THREE million extra premises now have access to superfast broadband, 60,000 of which are in Hampshire, according to news welcomed by Hampshire County Council’s leader.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport released figures today which showed that in total, 272 cabinets have either been installed or upgraded to give access to superfast broadband.

Councillor Roy Perry said: ‘I am delighted to see that the roll-out of superfast broadband is gathering great pace across the UK, with three million premises now able to sign up.

‘For me, the roll-out of superfast broadband will never be fast enough.

‘But I am glad in Hampshire we are making the good progress we are.’

It follows news last week that BT is to make up to £129m available to extend the national roll-out of superfast broadband.

Dave Axam, BT’s south east regional director, said: ‘Successful broadband partnerships are creating a lasting legacy, which will play a key role in the future prosperity of communities for many years to come.’

Hampshire’s superfast broadband programme is rolling out superfast access – internet speeds greater than 24 Mbps – to those properties not covered by existing commercial networks and is on track to take superfast access to 95 per cent by 2018.

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