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Response to Chancellor's increase to Government FTTP targets at CBI Dinner


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Response to Chancellor's increase to Government FTTP targets at CBI Dinner

22 May 2018

Greg Mesch 2020

At the CBI's Annual Dinner on 22nd May 2018, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond announced an increase to the Government's target for full fibre infrastructure from 10 million to 15 million by 2025.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive at CityFibre, said:

“The Chancellor’s announcement of more ambitious full fibre roll-out targets underlines more than ever the need to end the UK’s “make do and mend” approach to digital infrastructure: copper is dead. It is time to focus on building the future-proof full fibre networks that will underpin the UK’s economy for generations to come.

“For this ambition to be realised, the Government and Ofcom must now rapidly set out a clear plan to lessen the country’s reliance on Openreach and harness the momentum and major investment being made by new entrants."