Full fibre broadband offering one gigabits per second will be trialled in six locations across the UK, the Government has announced.
The trials are part of a £200m scheme to develop the UK’s quickest and most reliable broadband to businesses and organisations across the UK including schools and hospitals.
The trials, which begun yesterday, Sunday 3rd September, across areas of Aberdeenshire, Manchester, West Yorkshire, Bristol, Coventry and Warwickshire aim to bring full-fibre networks to homes and businesses.
In total the projects will receive £10m each in order to trial the broadband connecting offices and public sector buildings. The Government hopes it will help the UK to keep up with technology advances and potentially create more jobs.
Andrew Jones, The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasure, said: “For our economy to thrive, it is vital we make smart investments to ensure our digital infrastructure is world class and fit for the future.
“How we live and work today is directly affected by how good our broadband connection is. Reliable connections enable new industries to flourish, help create jobs and give people flexibility in how and where they work.
“Full fibre connections are the gold standard and we are proud to announce today the next step to get Britain better connected.”
Developing broadband connections across the UK to homes and businesses will hopefully allow hospitals to improve their diagnosis speeds by developing and sharing HD graphics of medical scans which can be created in seconds.
Businesses are expected to benefit from full-fibre broadband by reaching more customers through online services and increasing the speed of transactions.
Full-fibre technology should make internet access more secure and allow a larger amount of people to work simultaneously without disruption and also provide UK homes, businesses and public services effective broadband services.
Schools could see a large increase in the amount of students that can stream educational videos during one time and increase productivity in lessons.
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: “We want to see more commercial investment in the gold standard connectivity that full fibre provides, and these innovative pilots will help create the right environment for this to happen.
“To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is, we need to have the right infrastructure in place to allow us to keep up with the rapid advances in technology now and in the future.”
The Government said in a statement it aims to provide superfast broadband coverage across 95% of the UK by the end of December this year, with only around 2% of the UK premises currently receiving full-fire broadband.
William Newton, President and EMEA MD at WiredScore, said: “This is a much needed step to ensure that the UK’s digital infrastructure can continue to meet the needs of modern businesses. Establishing a fast and effective roll out of full-fibre broadband will be essential if the UK is to remain a global digital leader”.