Boris Johnson’s £4bn Gigabit broadband investment has had its “highly ambitious” goal downplayed by the UK government. The strategy, pledging to have “gigabit-capable” fibre internet in every home by 2025, was treated with suspicion by the telecoms industry when announced last year.
Now, these suspicions have been justified, as the PM softened his approach, by saying “we’ll go as far as we possibly can by 2025. The UK Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, delivered the updated comments to the House of Commons last week, contrasting previous enthusiasm for the project.
The proposition of a nation capable of ultrafast internet is a goal many are pushing relentlessly toward. Here in the midlands, especially, where Cambridge, for example, is undergoing a full fibre rollout, and Leicester is making steps toward becoming one of the world’s most digitally connected cities.
Much of this ambition comes from a growing set of alternative network providers, most notably with Cityfibre, who’s goal of providing 8 million premises with fast, reliable internet is aiding the government’s objectives. The plan detailed a technology-neutral approach, aiming to provide all premises with:
○ Gigabit Capable Connectivity with a normally available download speed of at least 500Mbps and upload speed of 200Mbps.
○ In limited circumstances, Ultrafast Capable Connectivity with a normally available download speed of at least 50Mbps and 20Mbps upload.
As a City Champion of Cityfibre, Gigabit Networks is currently doing just that, bringing full fibre networks to Cambridge, Leicester and Nottingham. You can take advantage of the reliability, strength and speed of Gigabit broadband now, by contacting us, and choosing one of our three full fibre plans.
Elsewhere, however, private investment achieves a reach of around 70%, and with a timescale many perceive as too short, success of the development plan might be down to how far and fast operators can work in coming years.