INCA has published its Building Gigabit Britain report outlining the Government measures required to facilitate the wide-scale deployment of FTTP, the infrastructure essential to ensure the UK remains digitally competitive. Rala has been involved by answering and giving our view on the topics discussed in the report and we are happy to share and support this document.
The report outlines a number of specific measures the UK Government must take to provide the connectivity British businesses and consumers need to support them in an increasingly digital future by encouraging the deployment of FTTP. There are six recommendations in the full report, including:
- The Government should set out a clear and achievable ‘Gigabit Britain’ strategy: including a target for 80% of the UK population to have access to an FTTP connection by 2026, and near universal coverage by 2030.
- Remove financial barriers to FTTP rollout: regulation should be designed to foster continued private investment in digital infrastructure by removing barriers such as unequal business rates on fibre assets for the next ten years.
- Create a regulatory environment which encourages competition and a collaborative approach between all digital infrastructure providers: Ofcom designing a fair playing field, enabling greater infrastructure investment.
- A review of advertising guidelines: Consumers and businesses require greater clarity on the differences between fibre and a hybrid copper-fibre solution.
Download the full report buildinggigabitbritain.