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On May 31, 2019, the UK regulator Ofcom published its Connected Nations update for spring 2019, outlining coverage and service availability information for the UK's communications providers as of January 2019. This is an interim update to the 2018 report, which was only published in December 2018.


  • It is encouraging that in an effort to improve things, Ofcom is preparing to auction more spectrum in 2020. The main aim of releasing more frequencies, however, will be to allow operators to deliver improved coverage for rural areas and help pave the way for 5G.

Features and Benefits

  • Assess what progress has the UK made toward achieving its broadband targets.
  • Understand what the UK is doing to improve mobile broadband coverage.

Key questions answered

  • What funding mechanisms are available for improving broadband coverage?
  • What spectrum auctions are expected to take place in 2020?

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  • Summary
  • The progress in fixed broadband coverage is encouraging, but it is important for these levels to continue to steadily improve
  • In rural areas, wireless connections will play a greater role in connecting communities
  • Funding pockets of the UK should encourage operators to develop viable economic models to roll out broadband nearby


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