The director general of the Fibre To The Home Council has lambasted the UK's efforts to become a fibre broadband nation, claiming that we're lagging behind the rest of the world and need to do some serious catching up.
In an interview with IT Pro
, FTTH Council director general Hartwig Tauber accused the UK government of not realising "the potential of telecoms, both economically and for society
" with its low-target aims of 2Mb/s broadband for all.
Tauber points out that at the time the UK government was pushing the Digital Britain
report which included advice to offer all UK citizens access to 2Mb/s broadband Internet connections, other countries - such as Japan
- were already aiming for 1Gb/s and higher speeds over fibre optic cabling.
Tauber - who, it must be said, is far from unbiased in his views - believes that the government needs to make "positive investment
" in fibre to the home technologies in order to drive broadband adoption and save the nation from a becoming a digital has-been - and if the investment is there, industry competition "in the last mile [between the home and the cabinets]
" should take care of the rest.
While selected parts of the UK have a limited roll-out of fibre to the cabinet technologies - such as recent trials in Bournemouth
, South Yorkshire
, and Kent
- most trials max out at around 100Mb/s, while Virgin Media's generally available fibre-optic broadband service offers a maximum 50Mb/s downstream speed and just 1.5Mb/s upstream.
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