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.