What will the Tories do for tech?

Now with the Conservative Party governing alone, what's the plan for development of tech?
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What will the Tories do for tech?

Will PM Cameron’s tech policies come to light?

We’re still awaiting final confirmation in the UK on who will be leading the country for the next five years, but it’s looking fairly certain that David Cameron won’t be moving out of No. 10 any time soon.

But, what will the Conservative Party do for tech over the coming years? The technology industry did get a mention in the party’s manifesto, and this is what they’ve promised us.

5G internet

You may have just got your hands on a 4G contract, but there’s already talks of 5G being rolled out in the UK. The Tory manifesto stated: "We will ensure that Britain seizes the chance to be a world leader in the development of 5G, playing a key role in defining industry standards".

That forecast may be a bit of a pipedream however, as expert opinions agree that South Korea and Japan will get the first 5G networks, and that’s not likely to happen before 2022. That hasn’t stopped Boris Johnson pledging to have London living with 5G by 2020, with tests (rather surprisingly) starting on the Isle of Man as early as 2016.

Developing the IoT

Although no specifics have been outlined yet, George Osbourne has claimed that the Tories hold the development of the internet of things in high regard. Whether this means that within five years we’ll all be living with Nest thermostats, or being escorted by self-driving vehicles is yet to be confirmed.

One thing that has been promised is that we’ll be able to monitor our energy usage as we go, with the help of smart meters.

Broader-band

Broadband speeds are pretty good already. Let’s be honest, it’s light years away from the dialup connections we used to endure in the early days. But, not all get to enjoy the speeds we do in the big cities.

The Conservative manifesto pledges a £790m investment in taking high speed internet to further corners of the UK, with the goal of a 95% coverage with two years.

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