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Author Topic: £6.85bn for UK Broadband and 5G Infrastructure Upgrades by 2021  (Read 511 times)


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£6.85bn for UK Broadband and 5G Infrastructure Upgrades by 2021
« on: November 26, 2018, 10:36:00 AM »

The Government has today published their ‘National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline’ report, which reveals the scale of public and private investment that is underway or expected to be put toward 5G mobile and broadband ISP connectivity (especially full fibre FTTP) between 2018/19 and 2020/21 (financial year).

Overall £6.85 billion is currently going toward 11 digital infrastructure projects across the United Kingdom, but broadly speaking this report doesn’t tell us anything particularly new (it’s more an overview of known investment so far) and we’ve already given a brief summary as part of our earlier Budget 2018 Report.

Nevertheless it’s not often that we get a useful breakdown of funding (public and private) and the related spreadsheet is particularly helpful in showing how the different funding sources are split between projects, albeit done as a generalised overview. In fact it also offers a summary of pre-2018/19 funding (including older Broadband Delivery UK contracts etc.) but we’ll get to that later.

    Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said:

    “We are committed to renewing our infrastructure to drive economic growth in all parts of the United Kingdom. Over the course of this Parliament, investment in economic infrastructure will reach the highest sustained levels in over 40 years.

    And as the pace of technological change accelerates, we are stepping up our commitment to digital infrastructure, use of data to drive greater productivity and embrace new methods of construction.

    With £600bn of investment over the next decade, including the largest ever investment in our strategic road network, we are taking the long term action required to raise productivity and ensure the economy is fit for the future.”
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