Business secretary Greg Clark has said that national broadband and mobile network coverage in the UK is unacceptably poor, and has demanded that infrastructure be improved across the country to support British businesses.
Speaking at the Institute of Directors (IoD) annual conference at the Royal Albert Hall in London, he highlighted the importance of good connectivity in supporting the government’s industrial strategy. He said: “We have […] broadband and mobile coverage that is simply unacceptable in 2016. I believe it is time for our country to have an upgrade – an upgrade in our infrastructure so that we have smart and modern connections, physical and electronic.”
He also commented that poor internet connectivity is stopping UK businesses from achieving their full potential, saying that better mobile and broadband infrastructure could help “connect businesses to their workforce.”
The government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme has already helped superfast broadband coverage increase from 70% of the country to 91% today. It is hoped that this will reach 95% by the end of 2017. There has also been an increase in 4G mobile coverage.
However, the business secretary’s comments have emphasised that more can still be done to help businesses make the most of the digital revolution.
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