In this episode, Lynne Magennis talks to Martin Kemp from Cityfibre about the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Full Local Fibre Network Initiative.

The government announced in 2018, that the entire UK should have access to full fibre internet by 2033.

The announcement is just part of a technological revolution that’s being planned by the government to bring the UK back up to speed with the rest of the world.

While this initiative will include adopting new technologies like the next generation of mobile networks (5G), the backbone of it lies in full fibre.

Most of the UK’s internet is powered by good old-fashioned copper wiring. It has been there for almost 100 years, and while it has served us well enough it is now becoming hopelessly out of date with the requirements of the modern age.

The UK is playing a serious game of catch up though. Just 4% of the nation currently has a full fibre connection, which is a tiny amount compared to say Spain (71%) or even France (28% and growing).

Whilst the traditional providers, such as BT OpenReach and Virgin Media are providing the lion’s share, new companies like CityFibre are making an impression and helping to drive the market.

In this episode Martin talks about his experience.

In the discussion, Martin refers to a report called The Economic Impact of Full Fibre Infrastructure in 100 UK Towns and Cities. You can download a copy here.

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