Rural homes and businesses in Devon, Somerset, Norfolk and Wiltshire will get super-fast broadband connection, the UK government has said.

The government will fund each county by next year, with a portion of the £530m, which was kept aside to help the digital switch over.

The project intends to make UK the best place for broadband by 2015 contrary to the current poor network connectivity.

As research suggests, currently not more than 1 percent of UK households have access to super-fast broadband, defined as speeds of over 25Mbps.

This is part of our plan for virtually every community in the UK to have access to super-fast broadband, said culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The government will encourage private investments as the fund allocated by government will not be enough for the project.

Fujistu has claimed £500m, which is the lion’s share of the government fund, BBC reports.

Devon and Somerset will receive around £30m, Norfolk £15m and Wiltshire £4m and they will then choose a contractor and technology best suited for their needs.

The technologies will be a mix of mobile, satellite and fibre connections, government anticipated. Ofcom has forced the telco to open up its network but some have argued that the prices it is planning to charge for access are too high.

Fujitsu is speeding up to create a superfast broadband network with internet service of Virgin Media and Talk Talk and the infrastructure of BT. It plans to offer fibre-to-the-home technology to around five million homes, which will provide homes with speeds of up to 100Mbps.