Broadband: Optical Fibres

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 17th March 2022.

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Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Minister of State

The Government has set an ambitious target for at least 85% of premises in the UK to have access to gigabit-capable networks by 2025, and we will continue to seek to accelerate roll-out further to get as close to 100% as possible by this date. In addition, the connectivity mission in the recent Levelling-Up White Paper sets out our aim to deliver nationwide gigabit coverage (at least 99% of premises) by 2030.

The cost of connecting a small number of premises, approximately 0.3% or c.100,000 premises, to gigabit-capable technologies is likely to be prohibitively expensive. For these very hardest to reach premises we are exploring all possible options to improve their broadband connectivity.

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