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UK broadband roll-out could be accelerated

UK broadband roll-out

UK broadband roll-out

The UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that new legislation means the the UK broadband roll-out could be accelerated.

Hunt, said: "Our goal is simple: within this Parliament we want Britain to have the best super-fast broadband network in Europe."

"Super-fast broadband is not simply about doing the same things faster. It's about doing totally new things - creating a platform on which a whole generation of new businesses can thrive," he added, silicon.com stated.

The UK Government has plans to introduce legislation which could force gas, water and electrical suppliers to provide access to their underground ducts with ISPs in order to deploy a high-speed broadband network across the UK.

Antony Walker, CEO of the Broadband Stakeholders Group, has welcomed the interest shown by the new government - but says legislation should be used as a last resort, .

BT, which is already working with the Welsh assembly to digitally connect all "not-spots" in Wales, has welcomed the move.

Connecting rural areas with broadband is an extremely expensive operation and BT believe that the sharing of underground ducts could significantly lower the costs.

Hunt and industry leaders agree that the UK is currently suffering from a massive digital divide.
Experts say internet service providers should work together to help connect every household in the UK to high-speed broadband services. UK broadband roll-out could be accelerated

UK broadband roll-out is "critical"

Outsourcery , which services 10,000 SME customers across the UK, believes that high-speed broadband access is critical, especially for small businesses if Britain is to remain competitive in the global economy. It claims that the plan has been received well by the country's business leaders.

Mark Seemann, Product Strategy and Development Director at Outsourcery, said to ISP review. "With more and more firms relying on technologies such as cloud computing to conduct a core part of their daily operations, high speed broadband is now absolutely mission-critical for Britain's four million SME's which make up some 97 percent of the private sector.

Without high speed broadband, the competitiveness of these businesses will be seriously harmed, as they become more and more dependent on communicating with core stakeholders, and accessing mission-critical data via the cloud."

FTTH Council Europe

A report commissioned by lobby group the FTTH Council Europe has predicted the UK will be the last nation in Europe to have a fifth of households getting broadband access from a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

The study, which was carried out by telecoms analyst company Heavy Reading, predicts the UK will not achieve 20 percent FTTH access until 2020. This is between two and four years later than the other major G20 European economies of France, Germany and Italy.

FTTH technology offers the fastest speeds for next-generation broadband but fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology is more typical in the UK. FTTC offers speeds up to 40Mbps, compared to speeds up to 100Mbps for FTTH.

Jodie Humphries

Jodie Humphries graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA Hons in Creative Writing in 2008. She has worked for GDS Publishing for the digital group since July 2009. She has previous experience with writing for the web, running her own website since April 2007.

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