Published: 22nd Dec 2020

The government is unlikely to meet its own targets of rolling out gigabit-speed broadband and 5G, according to a group of MPs. A report published today (22 December) by the digital, culture, media and sports select committee found ‘little confidence’ that the government could provide superfast broadband to 85% of the UK by 2025. The report adds there is ‘no genuine belief’ in the telecoms sector that it was achievable, either. The report comes as the government launches a consultation on its draft procurement strategy for the UK Gigabit Programme, setting out plans to connect the first one million homes and businesses with gigabit speed broadband and maximise coverage in the hardest to reach 20% of the UK by 2025. The government had previously pledged that every home in the UK would have access to gigabit-capable broadband by 2025. But that target was revised in last month’s National Infrastructure Strategy … (To read the full article, subscribe below)