First regions to receive superfast broadband upgrades


Broadband providers can apply to carry out the work under the government’s “Project Gigabit” program starting this spring. “Spades in the ground” are expected in the first half of 2022, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said.

Under the scheme, it is expected that average broadband speeds will increase from less than 30 MB / s to 1 GB / s. One gigabit (1 GB) is equivalent to 1,000 megabits (1 MB). This is roughly what it takes to download an HD movie in under a minute. Check out our broadband speed guide for tips on improving your broadband network, including a free speed test.

Areas where the broadband upgrade is taking place include Cornwall and Cumbria

The first areas to benefit from the automatic upgrades starting next year are as follows. But not every home in these regions is going to get the super-fast broadband push right away, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for more details this year if you benefit. We will have new information on our website as it becomes available. The government says it is working with the broadband industry to ensure that at least 85% of households have at least 1GB of coverage by 2025.

  • Cambridgeshire
  • Cornwall
  • Cumbria
  • Dorset
  • Durham
  • Essex
  • Northumberland
  • South Tyneside
  • Tees Valley

After this rollout, the government plans to connect up to 640,000 additional rooms to superfast broadband in the following areas. Further details on this rollout will be published in June.

  • Hampshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Norfolk
  • Shropshire
  • Suffolk
  • Worcestershire


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