Ed Vaizey says South Korea can't teach UK anything about broadband
The UK has nothing to learn from the super-fast broadband progress made by countries such as South Korea, according to Communications Minister Ed Vaizey.
Speaking at the Huawei Broadband Forum, Mr Vaizey claimed there are no other nations able to teach Britain anything about how to push forward with its own next-generation broadband plans, but insisted he is not being complacent.
When the politician started out as Communications Minister, South Korea was highlighted to him as a country with impressive broadband infrastructure.
Despite this, Mr Vaizey said there is no need for the UK to study the south-east Asian nation. "There are always different topographies, if you like," he was quoted by Tech Week Europe as saying.
"South Korea is much more densely populated and it's also a myth that its government paid for super-fast broadband."
According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report, South Korea boasts the world's highest average broadband connection speed in the first quarter of 2012, at 15.7Mbps.
South Korea was also named in the number one spot for high-speed broadband penetration, with 53 per cent of lines offering downstream rates of 10Mbps or more.