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Government reveals its plans for the nation's digital future

Derek du Preez | Aug. 1, 2013
The government has laid out what actions it intends to take in order to create a digital economy in the future that enables growth for industries and protects consumers from the dangers of consuming digital content.

To do this, DCMS states, the government is investing heavily in broadband, where it hopes that coverage will reach at least 99 percent in the UK by 2018, through a mix of fixed, wireless and mobile broadband solutions.

It also highlighted the recent 4G spectrum auction and that the UK is the first place in the world to be testing for 5G technologies and services. The report states: "We will aim to cover as many not-spots as possible, providing a boost to local economies and equal access to mobile services across the UK."

DCMS cited Intel in the report as saying that by 2020 there will be some 31 billion connected devices, and that the internet of things will continue to drive innovation, productivity and economic growth. However, the government recognises that it needs to plan long-term to have the digital infrastructure to support this.

In order to do this it will work with industry experts to develop a strategy for the UK's digital infrastructure, which will consider the measures needed to ensure that the UK doesn't buckle under increased data loads. It expects to complete work on this research by the end of 2014.

The report states: "The Government's overriding objective is to equip the UK to succeed in the global race, to secure a stronger economy and a fairer society and to help people who aspire and work hard to get on.

"In the twenty-first century, the world order is being decided by which countries are able to harness these new transformational technologies."

The full report can be found here.


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