The UK government has announced that it will provide £200 million to support the rollout of full-fibre broadband, taking an ‘outside-in’ approach.
This means that it will focus on hard-to-reach parts of the UK initially, before widening the network of full-fibre broadband elsewhere. Among the first locations to be targeted under the scheme are primary schools that would “otherwise never have had access to high-quality broadband”, the government stated.
Cornwall, the Borderlands and the Welsh valleys will be among the first parts of the country to benefit from this scheme.
What’s more, the government explained that this will allow it to trial new approaches to rolling out full-fibre broadband in rural areas.
Jeremy Wright, secretary of state for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commented: “By changing our approach and investing in the hardest to reach places first, we will ensure that the whole country can reap the benefits of full-fibre broadband.”
This could enable more businesses to take advantage of technology such as business voip phones and facilitate more flexible working practices for many employees.
However, there is still a long way to go where full-fibre broadband is concerned. Last month figures from Ofcom showed that just five per cent of properties in the UK have access to this kind of internet connection.
The regulator noted in its Connected Nations report that there was improvement in the number of properties with full-fibre broadband between January and May this year. By May, there were 1.4 million properties with this high-speed broadband connection, compared to 1.2 million at the start of the year.