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UK government issues strategic priorities for Ofcom

The UK government has issued a statement of strategic priorities (SSP) to provide the regulator, Ofcom, with context and guidance about the government’s policy priorities and desired outcomes in relation to telecoms, the management of radio spectrum and postal services. Ofcom must have regard to the SSP when exercising its regulatory functions in these areas. The SSP follows the publication of the government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and reflects the conclusions of that review, which set out a national, long-term strategy for digital infrastructure in the UK. Targets include making gigabit-capable networks available to 15 million premises by 2025, with nationwide coverage by 2033; increasing mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2022 to address “not-spots” and improving the connectivity on the UK’s main roads and railways; and becoming a world leader in 5G, with deployment to the majority of the country by 2027. The SSP is in four sections: world-class digital infrastructure, furthering the interests of telecoms consumers, secure and resilient telecoms infrastructure, and postal services. See more

  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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