Full fibre broadband and 5G future plans revealed

A new communications strategy will ensure the mandatory full fibre broadband roll-out for all new build homes and a new priority to connect hard-to-reach rural areas.

The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR), announced as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, proposes the changes that are needed to give the majority of the population access to 5G connectivity, connect 15 million premises to full fibre broadband by 2025 and provide full fibre broadband coverage across all of the UK by 2033.

The long-term strategy for UK telecommunications will place a greater emphasis on consumer choice and initiatives to promote quicker rollout and an eventual full switch over from copper to fibre. Among the key recommendations are plans to guarantee full fibre connections to new build developments, for public investment in full fibre for rural areas to begin simultaneously with commercial investment in urban locations and increased access to spectrum for innovative 5G services.

Jeremy Wright, the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We want everyone in the UK to benefit from world-class connectivity no matter where they live, work or travel. This 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.”

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