BSG positive about UK super-fast broadband uptake
Demand for super-fast broadband is stronger in the UK than many other developed markets, according to the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG).
The lobbyist claimed the proportion of Britons that have signed up for super-fast broadband stands at six per cent, representing around 3.75 million people. This puts the UK ahead of nations such as France, Germany and Spain, reports V3.
Furthermore, Britain's growth curve for next-generation broadband uptake matches the rate seen in technologically advanced countries such as Japan.
The BSG said initial levels of demand for the technology from UK consumers are significant enough to predict that "the foundations are in place to build upon in the coming years".
"Experience across all markets, including the broadband trailblazers of the Far East, shows that demand will build gradually. In this context there is no need for concern about how the UK is faring," the report added.
The BSG's positive message comes in stark contrast to a recent study from the FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) Council Europe, which revealed the UK is lagging behind the rest of Europe in terms of FTTH uptake.
Only 0.05 per cent of UK households are connected to an FTTH service, the council found.