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The government could be set to announce a strategy to boost fibre coverage in the near future.

According to Digital Minister Matt Hancock, more will be said on the subject in the "coming weeks and months".

This suggests that an announcement on fibre could potentially form part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on November 23rd.

Speaking to the Register at the Parliament and Internet Conference 2016, Mr Hancock said: "I can't put more flesh on the bones today than recommit to a full fibre future.

"We want the full fibre rollout to be delivered as much as possible by the market, but that doesn’t mean we are neutral about whether it happens or not."

Mr Hancock noted that superfast connectivity is now available to most of the country thanks to the current part-fibre, part-copper infrastructure.

Indeed, he said that 95 per cent of the UK is expected to have speeds of 24Mbps next year.

However, Mr Hancock pointed out that the price of this has been that just two per cent of the country has full fibre.

The minister went on to state that he wants the term "fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP)" to be dropped, as it does not mean a lot to consumers.

"I try not to call it FTTP anymore, as I don't think that means much to most people outside this room," Mr Hancock said.

"Instead I call it full fibre. FTTC [fibre-to-the-cabinet] is part-fibre. And so [the question is] how do we get to full fibre and what does it mean?"

This comes shortly after Mr Hancock hailed news that TalkTalk, Sky and CityFibre are to roll out a 1Gbps Ultra Fibre Optic network across the whole of York, following successful trials.

The Minister said the extension of full fibre gigabit speeds in York is "exactly the kind of thing we want to see industry delivering across the UK".

He also stressed that the government is working to support full fibre rollout by removing barriers and offering incentives that will help Britain cement its role as a digital leader, as well as get the "very best broadband to families and business".

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