The Institute of Directors (IoD) has urged the government to provide a firm date for switching off the uk’s copper network in favor of faster fibre connections.
He suggested that “as soon as possible” after 2025 should be the target.
The government has said that the uk must have full of fiber across the country by 2033, but does not have a date for a switch off.
The IoD said the faster of the fiber could bring a wide range of benefits, including allowing more people to work from home.
“With this changing world of work, the company should be looking to allow employees to work flexibly. Unfortunately, companies are paying the price for the abandonment of the full fibre connectivity. We are jogging while the rest of the world is running. We need a copper switch-off date of 2025 or soon after.
“Where you live should not determine your ability to work, or even start a business, with the flexibility. The internet should be the creation of a type of level playing field for companies, regardless of their location, but uneven coverage of broadband means the opposite is the truth. For many companies, especially in the rural areas, poor connections lead to the loss of business and missed opportunities.”
In their national telecommunications strategy, published last month, the government suggested that the united kingdom will have full fibre broadband coverage in 2033. Announced a series of measures to accelerate this process, including the investment in networks and making connections of optical fiber standard in new homes.
Recent research indicates that the uk had slipped from 31st to 35th place in the global broadband league table, behind 25 other countries in Europe.
BT-property in openreach in is currently hiring thousands of engineers to help with the infrastructure deployment of fibre to more than 3 million homes and businesses by the year 2020.
It has also committed to lowering the cost of wholesale fibre broadband providers that can persuade more customers to upgrade.
Currently, 10 million homes and businesses have superfast broadband (speeds of 24 megabits per second or above), although Ofcom estimates that more than 4 million households could make the upgrade for the same price or less.