Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be increasingly frustrated to learn that the rollout of superfast broadband across rural areas of the UK is experiencing severe delays.
Since technology and a decent internet connection are essential to firms that have neither the time or resources to travel around and meet people in person, being able to communicate online is essential for growth.
However, the National Audit Office has reported that the provision of superfast broadband to 90 per cent of premises in some areas will be delivered more than two years later than planned.
Only nine out of 44 local projects are expected to achieve the original target date of May 2015, with reasons for the issue including a delay in approval from the EU.
As a result, the government has now hastily revised its targets and expects the delivery of superfast broadband to be complete by December 2016, as well as 95 per cent superfast coverage by 2017.
We won’t hold our breath.
Posted by the Secret Businessman