- Today’s publication of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review sets out the Government target of connecting 15 million premises to full fiber by 2025 with nationwide coverage by 2033.
- Government aims to deploy 5G across the majority of the country by 2027.
- The total level of investment required for the national roll out of full fibre is estimated to be in the region of £30 billion.
- Zeetta Networks is actively supporting this ambitious plan as member of the INCA Board of Directors and by contributing our unique NetOS® platform and technology expertise in two 5G government projects: 5G Smart Tourism and 5G RuralFirst
- Zeetta Networks’ network splicing and slicing technology enables new business models, such as neutral network hosting, which could play a vital role in transforming the UK into a superfast broadband Gigabit country
Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review published by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport sets out an ambitious targets for investment in telecommunications infrastructure. The report, published today, outlines the clear aims of the government to turn the UK into a world leader in digital connectivity.
With just 4% ‘full fibre’ coverage the UK is currently lagging behind countries like Japan and South Korea, which have 99% and 97% coverage respectively. The report recognises that for the UK to be one of the best places to start and grow digital businesses globally the Government needs to invest heavily in fixed and wireless networks.
Zeetta Networks is one of the British companies who have been closely involved in achieving this goal. For example, the company participates in two projects as part of the UK Government’s 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme:
- 5G-RuralFirst, is a project that seeks to address pressing challenges of universal rural 5G connectivity, an important issue given that 17.6% of the UK population lives in the countryside.
- 5G-Smart Tourism aims to create enhanced visual experiences for tourists using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) and improve their safety.
CEO Vassilis Seferidis said:
“We welcome the publication of this report, and we’re proud that Zeetta Networks is contributing our technology and expertise to help deliver this ambitious vision for Great Britain. Our network splicing and slicing technology enables new business models, such as neutral network hosting, which could play a vital role in transforming the UK into a superfast broadband Gigabit country. This report highlights the need for continued development and investment in 5G and the deployment of a full fibre network nationwide.”
For the UK to continue as a global hub for business, education, and innovation, 5G projects and connectivity are vital to equip the country with the infrastructure to support cutting edge ideas and projects. With this in mind the Government has set clear, ambitious targets for the availability of full fibre and 5G networks. According to these targets 15 million premises should be connected to full fibre by 2025, with coverage across all parts of the country by 2033. The majority of the population should have 5G coverage by 2027.
The total level of investment required for the national rollout of full fibre is estimated to be in the region of £30 billion. Commercial investment in full fibre networks is gaining momentum with major investments by established and alternative operators. Zeetta Networks, as member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA), is helping to shape the plans for the deployment of full fibre and 5G across the UK which is expected to create new revenue opportunities for existing and new network operators and also open up opportunities for small and large businesses across the UK.