Project Gigabit

Project Gigabit is a UK Government £5bn programme that seeks to extend “gigabit-capable broadband” speeds to reach at least 85% of UK premises by the end of 2025 (currently 42%). Some 80% of coverage is expected to be achieved by commercial rollouts (reaching c.60% by the end of 2021), which leaves the new project to focus on the final 20% of rural and semi-rural areas (5-6 million premises).

The project is technology neutral, which means it can be delivered via any gigabit-capable network technology, such as Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP – the preferred method), Hybrid Fibre Coax (DOCSIS 3.1+) and wireless connectivity (i.e. Fixed Wireless Access or 5G etc.). But all of these must still meet specific technical criteria in order to be eligible for gap funding under the procurement programme.