EEF comment on Ofcom announcement on BT infrastructure

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Commenting on today’s announcement from Ofcom on opening up BT’s infrastructure for new fibre broadband, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF said:

“This will provide a significant boost to competition and quality in the provision of digital infrastructure to industry. Manufacturers investing in new digital technologies associated with the 4th industrial revolution will welcome today's announcement as it unpicks a potential major barrier to progress.

“Today's announcement also marks another major milestone in building a full-fibre digital infrastructure network across the country. The debate on digital infrastructure has moved on significantly in this Parliament with broad agreement that fibre is the future. With a General election around the corner all parties must commit to maintaining this progress to ensure there is no let-up in the momentum behind making the UK the best location for the 4th industrial revolution.”

  • 91% of manufacturers say a high speed internet connection is as essential to business as electricity and water
  • Over a third of manufacturers are spending more than £5000 pa on internet connections (23% of small manufacturers, 50% of mid-sized and 89% of large)
  • A third of manufacturers have invested in a dedicated leased line connection
  • 62% of firms plan to invest more in internet connected capital equipment in the next five years
  • Just over 50% of manufacturers say their current internet connection isn’t adequate enough for their expected needs over the next five years (only 35% said it was)
  • For more information on the transformation of industry to the fourth industrial revolution visit


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