It’s election time again in the UK, the third time the country has gone to the national polls in as many years. While we might be reaching our limit with the party-political squabbling and the frenzy of a media desperately trying to whip up some interest in an election-fatigued nation, it’s still a good opportunity to take a look at where the parties stand on some of the bigger digital and IT issues.
Whichever party is elected into office on 8 June, its term will coincide with a key period of development in the birth of the new 5G network. Here’s my take on what the parties are saying on digital in general and I’ll also look ahead at how development of the 5G network is likely to progress over the coming years.
The three traditional Westminster parties are all committed to introducing faster broadband to the UK if they’re elected into government. The Conservative manifesto outlines plans to give every household and business access to superfast broadband (defined as 24Mbps) by 2020, while Labour has pledged to deliver speeds of 30Mbps to all households by 2022. Labour will also ‘on day one’ ask the National Infrastructure Commission to report on how to bring ‘ultrafast’ 300Mbps broadband to the country over the course of the next 10 years. The Liberal Democrats has also offered 30Mbps speeds by 2022 for every property in the UK, with unlimited usage.