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The government is consulting on plans to develop a digital communications infrastructure strategy for the future.

In its 'Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy Terms of Reference' document, the Con-Lib coalition sets out its main areas of focus.

As reported by, ministers have proposed building faster broadband networks, supporting the rollout of IPv6 and developing 5G telecoms services.

This is with a view to safeguarding the UK's position as a leading digital nation over the next ten to 15 years.

The government is currently seeking feedback on its plans, with an interim report set to be published in July 2014.

Following a second consultation period, the final digital communications infrastructure strategy will be published in December.

The government says the strategy will include a high-level view of the UK’s current position, comprising existing infrastructure and projections for the future.

A key consideration will be the technology available - with the likely take-up of IPv6, white space radio technology, big data, cloud computing, fixed-mobile convergence, 5G, the 'Internet of Things', smart utility networks and smart cities all deemed relevant factors.

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