Government investigates path to next-generation broadband

The government has launched a review into ways it can help the roll-out of super-fast broadband networks across the UK.

The government has launched a review into ways it can help the roll-out of super-fast broadband networks across the UK.

The independent review will be led by Francesco Caio, ex-CEO of Cable & Wireless, working alongside government departments.

It will report in the autumn on how barriers to operator investment in faster networks can be overcome, whether Ofcom needs new powers to incentivise operator investment, and what role the public sector can play in minimising the cost to private sector of building networks, for example, through carrying out civil works.

"We must be ready to respond to future technological developments, which will place unprecedented challenges for our communications networks over the coming decade," said the broadband minister, Shriti Vadera, who replaced Stephen Timms in January.

"We need to prepare the way for the UK to adopt groundbreaking new technologies to ensure that we do not get left behind - competitively or technologically."

In parallel, the government will also ask the Broadband Stakeholders Group to examine the economics of fibre deployment, specifically whether deployment of fibre to the premises will be viable without a first step of deploying fibre to the cabinet.

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