Tuesday, May 8, 2012

UK - Ranked 16th for download speed with little concern by operators to go for fibre to the home

The Guardian, picking up on work by Akamai, notes that the UK is heading for the slow lane of broadband.
The internet is a bigger part of the British economy than education, healthcare or construction. Britons generate more money online than any other G20 nation. But when it comes to high-speed broadband, the country is falling behind.
Akamai rated the UK's average download speed as only ranked 16th in Europe.

Previous evidence is that speeds in Scotland are below the UK average.

BT's strategy head, Sean Williams is quoted as saying:

Eighty Mbps is more than people need ... We are not of the school that universal fibre to the premises is the solution.
TalkTalk's chief executive, Dido Harding, is quoted as saying:
I think that Britain's broadband vision needs to be about more people using broadband rather than macho claims about the speed of the technology ... The UK has got 8 million people who have never used the internet and they are often the people in society who would most benefit from it.
See the Akamai State of the Internet Report for 2011 Q4 (free, but have to register).

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