Improvements from the TOP with UK internet speeds

Posted on 9th August 2019 under News.

British Prime Ministers have a history of making promises related to broadband internet connectivity – David Cameron wanted Great Britain to have the fastest internet connectivity in Europe, Theresa May had pledged GBP 600 million for fibre optic connectivity, and now the new British prime minister Boris Johnson has promised high speed internet connectivity to all homes and businesses in the country by the year 2027.

Previously the government had planned to provide fast internet connections to all premises in the country by the year 2033, yet Mr Johnson claimed that the target was unambitious and promised that he would provide connectivity by 2027.

He also claims that though some areas of the country have an excellent internet connection, there are many rural villages, towns and other areas, which lag behind. Hence there is a major digital divide in the country. Though the country is one of the leading digital economies in the world in the Group of the twenty largest economies of (G20), Mr Johnson wishes to increase the internet coverage greatly. He agrees that improving internet connectivity will involve spending more money, however he believes that there will be massive gains in productivity, which will make it worthwhile.

Benefits to faster internet in more areas across the UK

Faster internet across the UK will benefit a huge number of individuals and businesses – by boosting internet speeds people will be able to steam, download, upload and surf the web faster in more areas across the UK they normally wouldn’t be able to.

For the average person faster internet speeds can benefit their everyday lives, such as boost productivity when away from an on-premise broadband. They will be able to continue using devises without and dip in internet speeds.

For businesses faster internet can really benefit overall business performance, making devises such as computers and telephone systems run at a continuous faster speed. Cloud-based telephones which run on a VoIP system will hugely benefit from an increased internet speed in the UK, as businesses who operate in areas where internet speeds are slower, they will now be able to upgrade their traditional ISDN telephone systems (which are being phased out by 2027) to a VoIP system. Affectively improving their business and staff performance and future proofing their company.

How will it be done?

The plan for a super-fast internet connection basically involves installing a fibre optic broadband network all over the country. This network will allow data speeds of one gigabit per second or higher.

At present, a large part of the internet connections in the country are using copper wire connections which allow only lower speeds due to signal attenuation. According to the British telecom regulator, Ofcom, only 7% of the internet connections in the country are fibre optic connections in 2019. In addition to laying new fibre optic cables, the copper cables may also have to be replaced.

These subsidy schemes like the Broadband Delivery UK and Rural Gigabit Broadband voucher, compensate the telecom companies for the fibre optic connections which they provide in rural and other areas.

Prime Minister Johnson, has revised this target, since he aims to ensure that 10 million premises will have super-fast fibre optic internet connectivity by 2021, and 15 million premises by 2027.