FAST INTERNET ACCESS is much better than slow internet access, and the UK should try to have the technologies that enable the fast option rather than the slow one.
This was the message from Matt Hancock, minister of state for digital and culture, who said that, while slower speeds have been OK in the past, we need to get faster in the future. This means using fibre networks because they are faster.
"The future is fibre. Interim technologies, yes. Part fibre, great. Satellites, sure, where necessary. But around the world the evidence increasingly points to fibre as the underpinning of a digital nation,” he said.
Hancock then mentioned the word 'Hull', explaining that half the city can now access full fibre services, proving that fibre deployments do work.
He also showed an impressive knowledge of UK internet firms by mentioning projects by the likes of CityFibre, Hyperoptic, Virgin Media and BT as proof that firms are aware that a fast internet is A Good Thing.
“The future is about enabling gigabit speeds and high-quality connectivity across the country. Demand is only going to rise, so we need to stay ahead of the curve. When it comes to fibre, it is a case not of if, but of when,” he said.
To this end Hancock said that the government will do whatever it can to make sure the country has fast internet access, except give any money towards it (even though we're apparently saving £350m a week from Brexit).
“I want to know from [the broadband industry] what we can do to reduce the cost of full fibre rollouts so that in reality as well as rhetoric, fibre is the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hancock also explained that having fast mobile data access is really important because it's better than having slow mobile data access.
“When it comes to 5G, we are committed to leading the way by defining industry standards, attracting and retaining investment in research, demonstration and development, channelling investment to build on areas of UK strength and excellence, and creating the right regulatory framework in full understanding of the many crossovers to our full fibre rollout,” he said.
This should ensure that the nation leads the way on 5G by around 2020 when many leading operators have committed to provide coverage in major European cities.
Full speed ahead then! µ
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