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UK launches £5bn ‘Project Gigabit’

More than one million hard to reach homes and businesses in the UK will have next generation gigabit broadband built to them in the first phase of a £5 billion (€5.84bn) government infrastructure project. Up to 510,000 homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Tees Valley will be […]

March 19, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs criticise Government gigabit targets response

Julian Knight, Chair of the UK parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has criticised the Government for its failure to answer questions on how it intends to deliver on its revised-down broadband targets and the roll-out of 5G. In a Report, Broadband and the road to 5G, MPs had warned that Ministers risked failing […]

March 5, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs warn of UK connectivity target failure

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is warning the Government that it risks failing to meet its revised-down target for gigabit-capable broadband in the face of considerable challenges to infrastructure roll-out. Evidence to the ‘Broadband and the road to 5G inquiry’ found little confidence that nationwide gigabit-capable broadband by 2025 […]

December 22, 2020By Colin Mann

UK Chancellor reveals gigabit broadband rollback

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has effectively confirmed that Britain’s gigabit-speed broadband plan has been rolled back, as part of the government’s Spending Review, with industry observers expressing disappointment and confusion. The aim has changed from “every home” by 2025 to “minimum of 85 per cent coverage” by 2025. The budget of the […]

November 26, 2020By Colin Mann

Virgin claims UK’s largest gigabit switch-on

UK multiplay operator Virgin Media has completed what it says is the nation’s biggest ever gigabit switch-on with nearly 3 million homes in London and across Northern Ireland now able to benefit from next-generation connectivity. Residents living in the areas can now make the most of Virgin Media’s Gig1 broadband, which it says is more […]

November 5, 2020

UK altnets urge continued gigabit investment

The continued strong interest and engagement from the investment community in the UK’s independent network sector must be sustained if the UK wants achieve status as a gigabit nation, according to trade association the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA). A Point Topic report commissioned by INCA shows over £1.76 billion (€1.95bn) worth of private funding […]

October 13, 2020By Colin Mann

Broadband boost for rural England

A quarter of a million rural homes and businesses across England have been given access to more financial help to get top-of-the-range broadband speeds. More than £22 million (€23.8m) of additional funding is being invested into the UK Government’s broadband voucher scheme, which subsidises the costs of building gigabit-capable broadband networks to hard-to-reach areas. Digital […]

September 14, 2020By Colin Mann

UK gigabit rollout milestone reached

Almost 500,000 premises across the UK have been connected to gigabit-capable broadband since summer 2018. This is part of a £1 billion (€1.11bn) government funding commitment until the end of 2021, with a further £5 billion for the hardest-to-reach areas to be earmarked soon. It means that, alongside commercial investment, more than 7.5 million premises […]

August 11, 2020By Colin Mann