Recap: Taking forward the Gigabit Broadband Network Across the UK

On Monday 27 April, Assembly Research launched a new paper comissioned by Huawei, Delivering Gigabit Britain: Broadband for all, demonstrating the vital need to invest in next generation connectivity to get Britain growing again. The report is an informative and educational piece which puts forward clear and concise policy recommendations on how the UK can meet its connectivity targets.

The launch of the report, hosted by techUK revealed the key findings of the report alongside Huawei Vice President Victor Zhang, and a panel discussion chaired by techUK including representatives from CityFibre, Cambridge Wireless, Broadband Stakeholder Group and Cornerstone. 

If you missed the event, or would like a recap, you can find the webinar below:


Key findings from the report

  • Delivering ‘Gigabit Britain’ could provide £51.4bn gross value added to the economy in five years, growing to £68.8bn in 2030.

  • Industry stands ready to deliver the Government's ambitious plans as soon as the right conditions are in place and remaining barriers are removed.
     

To successfully reach the 2025 target, the report says UK policymakers should consider these six recommendations:

  1. Build on the significant progress there has been with commercial rollout and enabling regulatory environment and maintain this momentum;

  2. Ensure sufficient funding exists for non-commercial areas if the whole country is to be covered and nobody is to be left behind;

  3. A commitment to a technology neutral approach to reach the hardest parts of the country on time and in a cost-effective way;

  4. Supporting market entry and expansion by alternative network operators, but recognising competition will vary by geography;

  5. Making the cost of deployment as low as possible by addressing remaining barriers, which both increase costs and cause delays; and

  6. Ensure the demand side is given more attention to encourage take-up and help lower investment risk.

You can read the full report here

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