Budget 2020: Digital connectivity commitment needs more to compete on global stage

Digital connectivity commitment needs more to compete

David Elms, Chair of KPMG UK’s Telecoms Practice, comments on Digital infrastructure and Telecoms.


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“Communities across Britain will be energised by the Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme and budget commitments for new build homes to be built with gigabit capable broadband.

“But with 4G coverage promised across 95% of the country in the next five years, residents, schools and businesses alike will surely wonder if 4G is enough in an increasingly 5G-ready world.

“For the UK to remain truly competitive in a digital-first economy, there needs not only to be clear recognition of the need to invest in our telcos, 5G and broadband, but action.

“The question of where that investment is going to come from and whether there is going to be any further stimulus still remains to be seen.”


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