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Revealed: The First Areas to Get Superfast Gigabit Broadband Speeds

You may be shocked to find out that UK broadband speeds are amongst some of the slowest in Western Europe – clocking in at the eighth slowest!  

It takes the average UK household 18 minutes to download a movie, which is over twice as long as a Western European household. 

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While the UK is supposed to be at the forefront of modern infrastructure, we seem to be lagging behind when it comes to broadband. Currently, only 10% of households have access to full-fibre, compared to over 80% of households in developed countries. 

But the government has a solution to fix our slow speeds and it’s called ‘Project Gigabit’… 

What is Project Gigabit? 

Ministers are planning to spend £5 billion on bringing next-generation internet speeds to hard-to-reach UK households in the first phase of the project. 

More than a million homes will see their internet speeds go from sluggish to supersonic - increasing to speeds of more than 1 gigabit per second. 

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has said: “Project Gigabit is the rocket boost that we need to get lightning-fast broadband to all areas of the country.” 

“This broadband revolution will fire up people’s businesses and homes, and the vital public services that we all rely on, so we can continue to level up and build back better from this pandemic.” 

Digital Secretary, Oliver Dowden also commented: “Project Gigabit is our national mission to plug in and power up every corner of the UK and get us gigafit for the future.” 

“Now we are setting out our plans to invest £5 billion in remote and rural areas so that no one is left behind by the connectivity revolution.” 

“That means no more battling over the bandwidth, more freedom to live and work anywhere in the country, and tens of thousands of new jobs created as we deliver a game-changing infrastructure upgrade. 

The government also announced the relaunch of the successful Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, making up to £210 million available to help people in eligible rural afford gigabit speeds. 

Plus, £110 million is being spent on connecting public sector buildings - such as GP surgeries, libraries and schools - in the hardest to reach parts of the UK with 1 gig speeds. 

How fast is 1 gigabit per second? 

One gigabit per second is equivalent to 1,000 megabits per second. To put that into perspective, the average UK household has speeds of 64 megabits per second. 

Once Project Gigabit has been delivered, households with the next-generation internet will be able to download a HD film in under a minute, a full TV show in around 4 seconds or a full album in just one second!  

Which areas will get the broadband boost? 

In the initial phase of Project Gigabit, the following areas will be the first to benefit: 

  • Cambridgeshire 

  • Cornwall 

  • Cumbria 

  • Dorset 

  • Durham 

  • Essex 

  • Northumberland 

  • South Tyneside 

  • Tees Valley 

The government expects to announce the next stage in June, connecting up a further 640,000 premises in the following areas: 

  • Norfolk 

  • Shropshire 

  • Suffolk 

  • Worcestershire 

  • Hampshire 

  • The Isle of Wight 

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