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Ultra-fast broadband to be researched

Monday, May 18th 2009 by Cable.co.uk

A range of research projects are set to consider the development of an ultra-fast broadband service.

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has announced it is investing £1 million in research to consider the creation and deployment of ultra-fast broadband.

Over a dozen projects, which will look at the introduction of internet speeds of between one and 10GB a second, are to be given funding from the non-departmental public body.

The investment is part of a Europe-wide initiative to place the create ultra-fast broadband networks across the continent and boost support for businesses.

Mike Biddle, lead technologist at the Technology Strategy Board, said: "Putting together an optical broadband capability across the whole of Europe, will fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and will give European companies a major competitive edge.

"Imagine the efficiencies that could be achieved through broadband that is up to 1,000 times faster than we have now."

Virgin Media recently confirmed it is piloting the deployment of 200MB broadband in Kent.

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