The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the launch of a new £5bn ‘Project Gigabit’, providing more than one million hard to reach homes and businesses with next generation gigabit broadband.

In response to the project, Matthew Evans, director for markets at the technology trade organisation techUK, said: “Project Gigabit is the missing piece of the puzzle for delivering world class digital infrastructure to the whole of the UK, with the private sector set to deliver up to 80% coverage following Ofcom’s announcement yesterday. Gigabit services will help boost national and regional economies, improve the resilience of our networks and help transform how we deliver public services. To accelerate the pace of the rollout it is essential that Government works with the grain of industry’s existing offerings which is why the voucher scheme is particularly welcome.

"However, if we are to meet the ambitious targets for Gigabit coverage, then Government must bring forward more than the £1.2bn that is currently allocated up to 2025. This, combined with action to reduce barriers to deployment, will ensure that the hardest to reach businesses and households benefit from better connectivity as quickly as possible”.