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TechUK calls for “near universal” superfast broadband by 2020

TechUK has laid out its vision for the UK’s communications infrastructure in a new report that calls for superfast broadband of 30Mbps to be “near universal” by 2020.

The tech trade body added that ultrafast connectivity of 100Mbps should be “widely available” by 2020 and available to 90 per cent of premises by 2025.

“To achieve great connectivity, we must enable two things: more fibre across our telecoms networks, and 5G wireless solutions to be rolled out swiftly,” the report’s authors wrote.

Britain’s broadband connections rank 31st in the world, according to a report that put it behind most of its European neighbours with an average speed of 16.5Mbps.

MPs found last month that as many 6.7 million British premises receive sub-10Mb broadband connections. However, they acknowledged that it’s not clear how many had been offered higher speeds but turned them down.

Shortly after the report was published, Openreach, the owner of the UK’s broadband network, pledged to spend £600m to ensure 1.4m rural homes have access to 10Mb connections by 2020.