It aims to achieve 100% coverage by 2022. The British government is studying the pros and cons of the proposal and may consider a legislative approach to achieve the target.
British telecommunication giant BT is set to invest $778 million (600 million pounds) to further the aims of the British government to provide faster broadband services to even the most remote corner of the country.
The British government aims to ensure that all households in the country gets high speed access to the internet, of at least 10 megabits per second, so that a typical family can watch streaming movies, conduct video conferencing and browse the web, all at the same time.
With BT coming up with this proposal, Theresa May’s government is considering whether to take up this voluntary approach or create a regulatory framework to best achieve the target of providing fast internet services to the masses, said Karen Bradley , Britain’s Culture Secretary said.
Under the terms of its proposal, BT will fund this development and recover its costs from local networks who will fill the last mile gap.
“We already expect 95 percent of homes and businesses to have access to superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps or faster by the end of 2017,” said Gavin Patterson, BT’s chief executive.
He went on to add, “Our latest initiative aims to ensure that all UK premises can get faster broadband, even in the hardest to reach parts of the UK.”
BT’s proposal envisages the company providing 10Mbps internet services to 99% of homes and businesses by 2020, with a 100% coverage expected in the following two years.
Britain’s opposition Labour Party portrayed the proposal as being lacklustre and without ambition.