What is superfast broadband?

Superfast broadband is defined as offering speeds faster than 24Mbps (30Mbps for contracts signed from 2017 onwards). This threshold was chosen by the Government as it is the theoretical maximum broadband speed that can be delivered via a copper telephone line using ADSL2+ technology.

The Government’s target is that 95% of homes and businesses in each upper tier local authority area should be able to access superfast broadband by 2017. Thus this threshold was selected as it necessitates a step change in the technology used to deliver broadband services.

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