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Broadband: Optical Fibres

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 138062, tabled on 10 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to get a full-fibre connection to every property in the UK and set a new, evidence-based, target for when that will be achieved.

Answered on

17 March 2022

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.