By Daniel Hunter

More than three million homes and businesses have been reached by the Government’s rollout of superfast broadband.

Figures published yesterday revealed that more than four out of five UK homes and businesses already have access to superfast speeds, and the Government led rollout of superfast broadband is currently reaching an additional 40,000 homes and businesses every week.

In an update from March 2015's report, latest official statistics show that as of June 2015 close to 3 million properties are now able to access superfast speeds due to the Government's £1.7bn investment programme, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

Some of the key findings released in the Broadband Performance Indicator - June 2015 are:

2,905,764 premises had a superfast broadband service made available by the end of June 2015 as a result of BDUK-supported projects;

BDUK grants to local authorities and budget transfers to devolved administrations amounted to a cumulative £331,828,330 in cash terms up to the end of June 2015;

This equates to 8,757 premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure up to the end of June 2015. Including current claims or using a true accruals basis would lead to higher expenditure figures and lower numbers of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure.

Fielding questions on the Today programme, Culture and Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey pointed out that though some areas are difficult to reach and expensive to rollout, Virgin Media and BT have made investments in this area. Indeed, BT has recently announced that it will make up to £129m available to extend the Government led rollout of superfast broadband across the UK.

The UK Government's superfast broadband rollout is delivering 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 of the UK by 2017 as committed in DCMS's Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy.