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6th August 2018
Super-fast broadband compulsory for all new-builds

Super-fast broadband to become compulsory for all new-builds

A new national strategy for telecoms has been released by the government and includes proposals to make full fibre broadband a requirement for all new homes.

A complete switchover from the current copper-based networks to full fibre in the UK could take place by 2030, with new-build homes being prioritised alongside remote rural areas, says a new report released by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) last week.

The changes could see it becoming mandatory for all newly built properties to be equipped with full fibre, top-speed broadband, providing everyone with “world-class connectivity” after it emerged that the UK is currently lagging behind much of the rest of Europe with just 4% full fibre connections – compared to 89% in Portugal, 71% in Spain and 28% in France, where it is increasing quickly.

The news could provide another major selling point for generating more interest and demand for new-build homes among the country’s buyers, boosting the government’s ability to meet its current housebuilding target of 300,000 homes a year.

It seems that “5G” connectivity is also on the agenda as part of the plan, which comes under the government’s Industrial Strategy, with the new full fibre infrastructure labelled “vital” to underpin 5G coverage which will be significantly faster than 3G and 4G. The current target is to connect 15 million premises to full fibre broadband by 2025.

There will also be a focus on getting better connections to rural and remote areas of the country, with the government promising to invest in both commercially viable areas and hard to reach locations at the same time.

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