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A business group has called on the government to act quickly in order to ensure that the UK's broadband capabilities are fit for the coming years.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said that while a target of connecting the entire country to ultrafast full fibre by 2033 is welcome, more steps need to be taken to support digital and prevent the country falling behind in the meantime.

It therefore urged the government to fast track new laws in 2019 to ensure every new-build property has access to a gigabit broadband connection, as well as make it easier for companies to access land or property to install connections for private tenants.

UK Chief Policy Director at the CBI Matthew Fell said these steps would benefit both businesses and residential users, and be especially useful to those looking to work from their own home.

"In today’s world, digital connectivity matters more than ever – if data is the new oil, then digital connectivity is the pipe that transports it." he continued.

"Seamless connections, from full fibre networks to 5G, offer unprecedented opportunities for businesses and consumers across the UK."

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