Government intervention is critical
Whether it’s for business purposes, education, or leisure we as a society are increasingly dependent on fast and reliable broadband, so much so that in 2019 the UK government committed to providing 85% of the nation with gigabit capable broadband by 2025.
Openreach is the leading wholesale broadband network provider, and the trailblazer has invested a sizeable amount (£15bn) in a bid to modernize the UK’s digital infrastructure. At present, its estimated Openreach has successfully provided 7.1m homes and businesses across the UK with access to ultrafast and ultra-reliable full-fibre broadband. Openreach’s network is open and used by almost 700 communication providers who offer services such as broadband, phone and TV packages to homes and business in the UK. The Openreach network contains 192 million kilometres of fibre optic cables and copper wires; to put that into perspective, the cables could circle the planet 4798 times if they were laid flat!