The UK’s current internet infrastructure is ‘simply not acceptable’ for businesses hoping to embrace the digital workplace, according to Paul Cant, vice president EMEA of BMC Software.

Citing Ofcom’s Connected Nations Update report, Cant said that close to one million homes in the UK are without decent broadband speeds and more rural areas still suffer from inconsistent mobile coverage.

“It is simply not acceptable that although a highly developed and productive economy, the UK is still not fully connected,” said Cant.

“The move to full fibre connectivity is integral to enable better ways of working, whilst allowing business to secure the best talent and thrive in an increasingly connected place of work.” 

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The UK’s Institute of Directors recently identified slow internet speeds in rural areas as a barrier to conducting business.

It has called on the government to move forward its plan to replace existing copper wire with fibre optic cable from 2033 to 2025.

“UK businesses are embracing the digital workplace and working hard to enable their employees to gain a better work/life integration by working in ways that suit them,” said Cant.

“IT plays a critical role in this, allowing access to the info, tools and services they need anywhere, from any device at any time.

“However, a lack of connectivity outside of the workplace is a critical flaw in making this a reality for many.”