2020 Budget Announced!

16 March 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced the March 2020 Budget, which in particular for digital infrastructure and the Shared Rural Network lists several new measures:   

Ref - 3. Infrastructure:

  • More than half a trillion pounds (£640bn) to be invested over the next 5 years for Britain’s roads, railways, broadband, housing and research (net investment will be triple the average over the last 40 years in real terms by the end of the Parliament)
  • £5 billion to help people access gigabit-capable broadband in the most difficult to reach areas of the UK
  • Over £500 million to extend 4G mobile coverage to 95% of the UK


Ref - 8. Regions and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:

  • 84% of the country to have 4G coverage from all four mobile networks as part of the Shared Rural Network (up from 66% now) with 95% having coverage from at least one operator


Read more - Source: GOV.UK