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UK needs 'ambitious' fibre optic broadband network

Thursday, April 1st 2010 by Cable.co.uk

Network operator i3 Group has claimed the UK's plans to launch super-fast broadband services should be more ambitious.

Plans to launch high-speed broadband across the UK should be more ambitious, according to an expert.

Elfed Thomas, chief executive officer of the i3 Group, made the comment after Ofcom recently defined super-fast broadband as networks offering speeds greater than 24Mbps in a report.

According to the expert, industry commentators are widely agreed that the phrase 'super-fast' should only be used to describe 100Mbps broadband connections.

He said: "24Mbps is going to ensure the end user has a far better experience than the average broadband service today, but with the explosion of new applications, such as HD video on demand, e-learning and IPTV, it will soon become outdated."

Mr Thomas added that the UK "deserves better" and should follow the lead of other countries on the issue.

i3 Group recently confirmed its H20 Networks subsidiary is working with Pinacl Solutions to provide fibre optic broadband services across York as part of a £13.7 million contract.

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