UK operators have outlined their conditions to make PM Boris Johnson’s demand for full-fibre broadband “for all” by 2025 a reality.
They say urgent action is required within 12 months in four key issues. In an open letter from the Internet Services Providers’ Association and the Federation of Communications Services and Independent Networks Cooperative Association they state: “The industry stands ready to rise to this challenge, but we need a Prime Minister who can provide the direction, idealism and commitment to fulfil this ambition.”
Members include BT, Sky, Virgin Media, Google and Vodafone. BT chief Philip Jansen already visited the Prime Minister asking that his government creates the right investment environment to make universal full-fibre possible.
The telecom organisations highlight four key areas which they say need addressing within in one year if the Prime Minister’s target is to be achieved:
The letter notes: “Nationwide full fibre coverage is not a can that can be kicked down the road, and these issues need to be resolved by your Government within the next 12 months to ensure that industry can continue to accelerate rollout… Industry is ready and willing to work with yourself, your Government and the new Digital Secretary to ensure that Britain’s connectivity is fit for the future. But that work needs to start now, and 100 per cent fibre coverage requires a 100 per cent commitment from Government.”