The United Kingdom has unveiled a new strategy to boost digital connectivity and position the country at the forefront of future telecommunications technologies.
This follows the launch of the UK Telecoms Innovation Network in 2022, as well as a £110 million investment programme for universities to develop 5G and 6G services.
The Wireless Infrastructure Strategy, launched by UK technology secretary Michelle Donelan, has the ultimate goal of unlocking growth, innovation, and potential across the country by deploying new technologies that it claims will change people’s lives and the way businesses.
The government stated that innovation is set to be supercharged, from driverless vehicles, robots, and drones on the factory floor to making cities smarter, cleaner, and less congested.
The plan is to “blanket” the United Kingdom with the fastest and most dependable wireless coverage available.
While 77% of the population already has access to basic 5G from one provider, the new plan commits to having standalone 5G coverage in all populated areas by 2030.
The announcement also includes an £8 million commitment to providing high-speed broadband to up to 35,000 of the UK’s most remote properties.
Homes and businesses in remote areas that are unable to access gigabit-capable broadband will be given funding to connect to satellites orbiting the globe under the scheme.
A £40 million 5G innovation fund will also encourage investment and adoption of 5G by businesses and public services, assisting them in unlocking opportunities to use advanced wireless connectivity, generating value, innovation, and growth.
The government stated that as part of a full-fledged 6G strategy, it would ensure that the next generation of mobile connectivity meets the needs of people and businesses across the UK.