Have you won the postcode lottery?
The government have announced six pilot areas in the UK will be the first to receive full-fibre broadband.
£10million will be spent linking businesses, schools, and hospitals to the super-fast technology.
The experimental rollout began earlier in September. The six pilot areas are:
- Coventry & Warwickshire
- Greater Manchester
- West Sussex
- West Yorkshire
What is full-fibre broadband?
It’s different to most of the fibre broadband which is in service in the UK.
In most cases the high-speed fibre cables are connected to roadside cabinets.
By contrast Full-fibre broadband connects directly to each building.
This makes full-fibre broadband much faster and able to provide data at around 1gbps.
At the moment only 2% of premises in the UK have access to the technology.
However, the government are investing £200million in the project. The aim being to attract private investment to speed up a nationwide rollout.
It is planned for full-fibre to be available across the UK by 2021.
How fast is it?
It is seriously quick. A full-HD movie can be downloaded in a few seconds.
Which is great news for those places which have access to full-fibre.
It won’t be received so well by those in areas of the UK which are still struggling to receive any form of broadband.
Why is the government pushing full-fibre broadband?
The scheme is part of the government’s wider ‘Superfast Broadband Programme.’
The target of which is to provide superfast broadband to 95% of UK premises and basic broadband everywhere.
According to the Gov.UK website broadband is, “revolutionising our quality of life, from how we work and how our children learn, to how we spend our leisure time, how we do our weekly shop, and how we engage with public services.”
It’s hard to argue with any of that.
What are the government saying?
Naturally enough they are pretty pleased with themselves.
Andrew Jones MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Full-fibre connections are the gold standard and we are proud to announce today the next step to get Britain better connected.
“For our economy to thrive, it is vital we make smart investments to ensure our digital infrastructure is world class and fit for the future.”
Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock MP, said: “We want to see more commercial investment in the gold standard connectivity that full fibre provides, and these innovative pilots will help create the right environment for this to happen.
“To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is, we need to have the right infrastructure in place to allow us to keep up with the rapid advances in technology now and in the future.”