What is Gigabit Britain?

There is a lot of talk about the growing digital economy but what exactly does ‘Gigabit Britain’ mean?

Essentially it encapsulates the vision and determination to build gigabit-capable internet speeds across the UK. So, businesses and consumers alike can benefit from enhanced connectivity and faster downloads. The technology is available, it can be delivered, and other countries are already doing it.

So, what is happening in Britain?

Over the past few years, the UK has seen a growth of businesses building new digital networks capable of competing with BT. They are providing pure-fibre networks, fixed wireless networks, hybrid networks and satellite broadband services.

Although the UK has done well in the deployment of the first generation and super-fast broadband, it is still lagging behind its international competitors in the deployment of FTTP networks. This is due in part to BT’s decision to extend the life of copper networks.

UK Fttp

However digital connectivity has already been proven to be a critical building block for a stronger modern economy and this is set to continue. Indeed, the world is on the verge of the next phase of the digital revolution, which will transform all aspects of our lives through tech-enabled developments such as the internet of things (IoT), smart cities and automated vehicles. And that’s just what we know about now.

With all this change on the horizon, Britain clearly needs a new, modern digital infrastructure that will take us into the future and that has given rise to alternative networks that can step up to the next challenge.

The next challenge being, making Gigabit Britain a reality.

Alternative network providers are already investing in and constructing digital infrastructure that is fit for the 21st century. They are helping to build Gigabit Britain and have already delivered FTTP connections to twice as many premises as BT. By 2020, it is forecasted that approximately 18% of the UK will have access to FTTP. That is 1.5 million more premises than BT and Virgin media’s planned FTTP builds combined.

BtL supports the alternative network providers and their mission to introduce Britain to the benefits of Gigabit connectivity. That is why we have partnered with CityFibre to provide gigabit internet speeds to the Reading and Bracknell areas. The challenge going forward is to encourage the UK government to foster expansion of alternative networks and gigabit internet speeds for the benefit of businesses and consumers across the country.

If you would like to find out more about moving to a pure fibre connection, register your no-obligation interest at www.btlc.co.uk/gigabit

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