A closer look at the UK: Europe’s fastest growing fibre market
In 2022, the UK was Europe’s fastest growing fibre market at 51% growth and rapid expansion is set to continue during the next few years. According to the latest FTTH Council Europe market panorama, the UK hit 42 % fibre coverage at the end of last year’s third quarter, up from just 28 % one year earlier. During that time, fibre had been delivered to 4.2m new premises.
Full fibre broadband continues to be rolled out widely across the UK, driven in part by ambitious government programmes. The £5 bn Project Gigabit programme aims to bring gigabit broadband to remote communities and an £8m fund is to support connectivity to 35,000 of the most difficult to reach premises, for example. The Unleashing Rural Opportunity action plan looks at ways of combining satellite, wireless and fixed line internet to connect remote areas. To boost 4G coverage and connectivity across the UK, the government has closed the £1bn Shared Rural Network deal with the four UK mobile network operators (EE, Three, VMO2 and Vodafone).