Broadband: South Suffolk

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many additional premises in South Suffolk constituency were connected to high speed broadband services in each of the last three years.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

In South Suffolk constituency commercial broadband delivery is estimated to cover 19,252 (45%) of homes and businesses. By the end of the Better Broadband for Suffolk project, coverage is expected to have increased to over 36,800 (86%) of premises.

In the Better Broadband for Suffolk project over 117,000 homes and businesses across the county will benefit from public investment. As of March 2015, the project had already reached over 70,600 premises.

The Department deposited data in the House of Commons Library which estimates commercial coverage and coverage supported by public investment in constituencies by the end of 2017. The table can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/deposited-papers/?house=1&search_term=Department+for+Culture%2c+Media+and+Sport&itemId=122028#toggle-163

The Department does not monitor roll-out at constituency level. However, Ofcom publishes annual data on coverage at county level. The following data taken from Ofcom Infrastructure Reports indicates coverage in Suffolk between 2012 and 2014. Ofcom calculated 2012-14 coverage figures using different methodologies and in 2014 produced two sets of figures. Further details can be found on the Ofcom website: http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/

County

Proportion of households in postcodes served by NGA networks

2012

Proportion of premises in postcodes served by NGA networks 2013

Proportion of premises able to receive NGA broadband services 2014

Availability of superfast broadband (30+Mbit/s) 2014

Suffolk

45%

59%

68%

64%

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