Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce an additional £1 billion in government investment in fast broadband during his Autumn Statement. Now only 2% of homes in the United Kingdom have access to high-speed broadband connections.
The government is to release £400m towards full-fibre broadband in its Autumn Statement tomorrow, part of its Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund.
In addition, the Government will fund further research into the development 5G ultrafast mobile network connections.
The idea is to help smaller businesses by reducing the costs of fibre broadband, but big providers like BT have campaigned against the proposed new business rates, with the telco saying that the move would lead to higher process for consumers and businesses.
The British government has announced that it will be investing over £1 billion to encourage the rollout of a full fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) network and become a "world leader" in 5G.
Government has played its part through this package of measures, which should help kick start the investment needed to push the United Kingdom up the league table.
"That means a full-fibre network; a step-change in speed, security, and reliability".
"Britain's industrial strategy needs a digital backbone, and it is essential that we move quickly to plug the UK's "fibre gap" and empower our service-based economy", he added.
Sky's chief operating officer, Andrew Griffith, said the government's announcement "chimes with our view that the future is full fibre". The government will require beneficiary private investors to at least match its contribution.
If we are to truly see the roll out of super-fast broadband for everyone then it can not come quickly enough.
"There is certainly a long way to go before the United Kingdom becomes fully fibre, with many areas still not yet benefitting from the government's previous ultrafast or even superfast targets".
"Rural locations especially do not fit this criteria because the uptake among residents, even for existing superfast speeds of 24Mbps or more, tends to be very low".
"Our aim is to make ultra-fast broadband available to 12 million homes and businesses in the United Kingdom by the end of 2020, and we're embracing a mix of technologies with G.fast and FttP to achieve that", said Openreach CEO Clive Selley. It found 72% of people did not believe the government was doing enough to meet future broadband needs, and 77% said the investment it was making was disproportionately focused on London and south-east England.