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Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 116941, tabled on 2 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Government's press release entitled Government unveils levelling up plan that will transform UK, whether the ambition to have nationwide gigabit-capable broadband and 4G coverage with 5G coverage for the majority of the population by 2030 replaces the Government's previous commitments that the majority of the country would have 5G coverage by 2027.

Answered on

7 February 2022

Our ambition remains for the majority of the population to have access to a 5G signal by 2027. Through the government’s work to develop the Wireless Infrastructure Strategy, we will set out a long term vision for the development, deployment and adoption of 5G and future networks. We also remain committed to bringing gigabit-capable broadband to at least 85 per cent of the UK by 2025 and 99% by 2030, alongside extending 4G mobile coverage to 95 per cent of the UK landmass through the Shared Rural Network programme, by 2025.

The Levelling Up White Paper outlines our mission for 2030.

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