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Superfast broadband plans in Central Bedfordshire

The Central Superfast Partnership (Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough, Milton Keynes and Luton) supported Central Government ambitions to deliver superfast speeds to as many people as possible, achieving 98.7% coverage.

However, in line with evolving technology, aspirations have already changed.

In July 2018 the government published The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review that set clear, ambitious targets for the availability of full fibre and 5G networks.

The current aim is to see the majority of premises be connected to gigabit-capable speeds by 2025, and the majority having 5G coverage by 2027.

In May 2019, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a £5 billion commitment to fund gigabit-capable deployment to the hardest to reach 20%.

Due to the tight timescales, this programme will now be managed centrally by Building Digital UK (BDUK), part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Why full fibre?

Full fibre is optic fibre cable connected all the way to your premises, not just the nearest green cabinet, that is capable of delivering gigabit-capable broadband speed. Fibre optic cable is the most reliable way of delivering high speed broadband connectivity.

A gigabit (Gb or "gig") is the same as 1,000 megabits (Mb or "meg"), so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that will benefit users into the future, whether at home or work.

Gigabit-capable means that the connection can handle speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, but users only sign up to speeds they can afford. As demand increases, users can choose the option to pay for more speed as required.