The government's post-Brexit Digital Strategy details plans for faster data speeds and free public wi-fi.

The UK government has set out its digital strategy for post-Brexit Britain, promising to improve broadband and data connection speeds, making for better quality streaming.

In its 'Connectivity' document, it says that broadband and mobile "must be treated as the fourth utility" after water, gas and electricity. It says that 90 per cent of UK premises can currently access superfast broadband, and that this should reach 95 per cent by the end of this year.

An additional 600,000 premises should benefit by 2020, which will mean more homes are equipped for streaming 4K video and hi-res audio.

Mobile coverage is set to improve too, making it easier to stream on the go. By the end of the year, 98 per cent of the UK should have 4G data coverage, with 98 per cent of UK premises having indoor 4G coverage from at least one operator.

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In the Autumn Statement, the government pledged £740m to roll out next-generation 5G services. It will announce the full 5G strategy in next week's Spring Budget.

The government is also investing £400m in a new Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, to help roll out full fibre broadband with speeds in excess of 100Mb. It expects that sum to be at least be matched by private investors.

The document predicts that, by the end of 2018, 90 per cent of passenger journeys on Department for Transport-franchised train lines will have wi-fi.

It sounds like good news for streaming fans. But is it enough, or are we falling behind other countries? Let us know in the comments.

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chebby's picture

"But is it enough, or are we

"But is it enough, or are we falling behind other countries?"   Since the end of 2014 Singapore has closed down all ADSL and cable services.   Fibre provision (to every household) was claimed to be 2Gbps (and that was over 2 years ago).   This time last year 10Gbps provision was making the news.   My Virgin Media (cable) 75Mbps service seems a bit lame in comparison!