The new minister for broadband, Jeremy Wright has made it clear of his goal to bring broadband and 5G to the entirety of the UK by 2033, this is a small part of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR). The Secretary of State DCMS has also stated its intention to make sure that high speed broadband is now one of the requirements for new build properties.
According to government statistic only 4% of UK buildings have a connection to fibre hugely different from the 79% in Spain and 95% in Portugal.
“We want everyone in the UK to benefit from world-class connectivity no matter where they live, work or travel. his radical new blueprint for the future of telecommunications in this country will increase competition and investment in full fibre broadband, create more commercial opportunities and make it easier and cheaper to roll out infrastructure for 5G….Without change, full fibre broadband networks will at best only ever reach three quarters of the country, and it would take more than twenty years to do so.”
The FTIR gives companies ‘right to entry’ to flats, business parks, office blocks and other tenanted properties to give renters access to better connectivity and choice of supplier.
Its focus is also turned towards rural communities, getting them connected to faster fibre connections will make all the difference in these peoples lives. The DCMS is also pushing with Ofcom to replace all copper lines with fibre. Sharon White, Ofcom chief executive, said:
“We welcome the government’s review, and share its ambition for full-fibre and 5G networks to be rolled out right across the UK. The government and Ofcom are working together, and with industry, to help ensure people and businesses get the broadband and mobile they need for the 21st century.”
This means the future of our connected world just took a massive step in the right direction, yay!