Full fibre broadband offering one gigabits per second will be trialled in six locations across the UK, the Government has announced.
At 16.51Mbps, the UK lags behind 19 European countries, 17 of them in the EU, but comes ahead of 158 other countries including Italy, France, Ireland and Monaco.
BT has made an offer to provide a high standard of Broadband across 99% of the UK by 2022. The proposal aims to ensure households across the UK have a minimum broadband speed of 10 megabits per second.
At the Connected Britain conference in London, the digital minister said the earlier announced measures for broadband and mobile networking policy are still high on the agenda.
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) says uniform approach to planning is required nationwide.
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The amendment to the bill was proposed in February to increase the minimum obligatory speed to 30Mbps, saying 10Mbps would unfit for usage in a very short time.