The Government is now actively thinking beyond the completion of the current ‘Superfast’ Broadband rollout programme, scheduled to be March 2015 in Wales.
Next week UK Government, Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, will be chairing a round table event in Westminster with key stakeholders to consider how best to get Superfast Broadband to the most difficult to reach areas.
The great and good will discuss the development of “innovative solutions” to solve the problem whilst needing to satisfy DCMS requirement for “enhanced mobile services, new fixed technologies and alternative approaches to structuring financial support”.
Whilst BT will naturally be promoting the benefits of their forthcoming Gfast technology and recently acquired mobile spectrum, it’s yet to be seen to what extent the roll of Wi-Fi could play. Some argue that Wi-Fi is the most cost effective and potentially most flexible solution for those at the end of the Broadband line, as can be seen here.
Reference: UK Gov, National Infrastructure Plan 2013