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The government has been urged to take steps to ease the risks faced by the digital communications sector as Brexit gets underway.

According to the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Brexit comes at a "critical investment period" for the industry, as it is upgrading to the "next generation of fixed and wireless technologies", such as ultrafast and 5G systems.

As a result, it believes ministers must create and maintain a favourable environment for sustainable investment in digital infrastructure while Brexit negotiations are underway.

This, it argued, will be crucial both for the UK economy and for consumers.

The Broadband Stakeholder Group has insisted the UK must align with EU rules for the medium-term and recommit to current regulatory principles, as this would help preserve investors' certainty while talks are ongoing.

Richard Hooper, Chair of the body, commented: "The [digital communications sector] is the bedrock of the wider economy, particularly digital industries which makes up around 16 per cent of the UK’s economy.

"Government must work with industry to provide as much regulatory certainty in the short to medium-term, whilst exploring the opportunities that Brexit can offer in the long term."

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