UK promised fastest broadband in Europe by 2015

UK promised fastest broadband in Europe by 2015

The Government has pledged to spend £530 million on delivering the fastest broadband in Europe by 2015.

The pledge comes in the National Infrastructure Plan 2010, published yesterday. The plan also reveals the locations of not-spot broadband trials, which will take place in North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Herefordshire and the Highlands and Islands.

The report also affirms plans for network sharing, confirming that Ofcom is working with BT ondeveloping reference offers for duct and pole sharing. It also pinpoints mobile broadband as a possible solution for the delivery of broadband to hard to access areas.

Launching the plan Lord Sassoon, Treasury commercial secretary, said: ‘The Government aims to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015 and a functional level of broadband access for everybody. Studies, estimating the impact of broadband on output and employment in the UK, suggest that rolling out superfast broadband in the UK could have a significant positive impact both on gross value added in the economy and on employment in the information and communications technology sector and the wider
economy.’

Written by Mobile Today
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