Industry Questions Boris’s ‘Full Fibre’ Broadband Plan

As a business making use of a SIP provider, the strength of your internet connection is an important element in the functioning of your business. If you have suffered from issues surrounding connectivity previously, you may have been listening to Conservative party leader hopeful Boris Johnson with interest as he promised to accelerate the roll out of fibre optic broadband to the whole of the UK.

His so-called ‘full-fibre’ plan looks to achieve the goal by 2025, a full eight years ahead of the government’s current timeline. However, though the MP has indicated that there will be financial barriers to overcome to achieve this goal, broadband providers have come out to say that there are further obstacles that stand in the way.

According to the BBC, Johnson said that the productivity gains will be worth the financial output: “We will have to step up very substantially the rate at which we install full fibre – currently running at about 20,000 premises per week. But this is not only a huge economic opportunity – it is part of our moral mission to unite Brexit Britain,” he said.

However, the likes of the Internet Service Providers Association (IPSA) said that while faster roll out was welcome to the industry, it needed to be supported by regulatory change.

Currently, only seven per cent of the UK’s properties are served by fibre optic broadband, and because of the physical nature of installing the fibre optic cables, and taxes related to installing it at present, the government could be doing more to help meet Boris’s new ambition deadline.