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UK releases digital and 5G strategies

The UK government has published its latest digital strategy, outlining its plans for stimulating an inclusive digital economy and announcing a planned investment of over £1 billion for accelerating the development of next generation digital infrastructure, including full fibre and 5G, reports Telecom Paper. “The document noted that the government earlier outlined a plan for post-Brexit Britain, saying it wants businesses to invest in the economy for the long term. It now wants to extend this view to its digital strategy and has presented a plan with seven strands, the first being to build a world-class digital infrastructure, with government creating the conditions and setting the framework for investment in widespread and up-to-date infrastructure.” The government will also implement a universal service obligation, giving every individual, business and public premise across the country the right to request an affordable high speed broadband connection. The other strands focus on digital skills, digital business, “making the UK the safest place in the world to live and work online”, and to maintain the UK as a “world leader” in servicing its citizens online. Finally, the government wants to “unlock the power of data in the UK economy” and improve public confidence in its use. To reach this goal, the government will implement the General Data Protection Regulation by May 2018. The government has also released a new 5G strategy document. See more. Digital strategy here and the 5G strategy is here

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

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