The UK is now 35th in the global broadband league tables. 35th. While I'm fully aware of the fight for full fibre broadband, having worked on a variety of clients invested in this space over the years, I was still astounded to see it put in these terms.
Flexible working is a critical part of my work life integration. I can no longer fathom working for a company, or for companies, who don't enable this through investment in technology. But technology isn't enough. The fibre infrastructure has to be the focus to set workers, and therefore businesses, up for success.
It's important to see the IoD pushing this issue to the top of the agenda. More businesses need to do the same.
In its national telecoms strategy, published last month, the government suggested that the UK will have full fibre broadband coverage by 2033. It announced a range of measures to speed this up, including more investment in networks and making fibre connections standard in new homes. Recent research indicated that the UK had slipped from 31st to 35th place in the global broadband league tables, behind 25 other European countries.