Full-fibre broadband: What is it and how does it work?

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The government is planning to spend £5bn on rolling out superfast full-fibre broadband to the most remote parts of the UK.

But what is full-fibre broadband and how fast will it be?

What are the government’s plans for full-fibre broadband?

Chancellor Sajid Javid has said the £5bn investment would get full-fibre broadband to the hardest-to-reach 20% of the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said full-fibre broadband is needed to improve the UK’s infrastructure and productivity. He wants full rollout by 2025. That target is eight years ahead of the government’s original goal of 2033, a date Mr Johnson described as “laughably unambitious”.

Last year, a government report estimated the cost of covering the UK with full-fibre broadband by the old deadline of 2033 would be about £33bn.