Digital Connectivity Portal

The Digital Connectivity Portal provides guidance for local authorities and network providers on improving connectivity in local areas.


The Government intends to deliver nationwide gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible, and aims for the majority of the population to have 5G coverage by 2027.

The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review, outlined a package of measures to create the right market and policy conditions to deliver world-class connectivity for citizens and businesses.

These measures include removing barriers to deployment of gigabit-capable and mobile networks.

Making it easier for network providers to access public sector property and following best practice guidance on street works can help achieve this. Local authorities and property developers also have a vital role to play in ensuring that all parts of the UK can enjoy the many social and economic benefits of the next generation of digital connectivity. Network providers, in turn, must work collaboratively with local authorities and property developers.

This digital connectivity portal has been developed to:

  • encourage closer cooperation between network providers, local authorities and property developers for the deployment of digital infrastructure
  • offer guidance on effective policies and processes to facilitate deployment of broadband and mobile networks

The guidance presented in this portal will be updated periodically as new laws, regulations and examples of best practice develop.


Digital Connectivity Portal full text (for printing) (PDF, 507KB, 35 pages)

Published 20 December 2018
Last updated 29 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added BDUK Research Portal link.

  2. Updated printable version of guidance

  3. Updated government 5G and gigabit broadband target

  4. Added Covid-19 guidance regarding telecoms infrastructure for local authorities and landowners

  5. Due to popular demand, a link has been added to a PDF with the full text Digital Connectivity Portal for printing.

  6. First published.