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October 24, 2008

Internet stores could be losing out


by David Allen

There could be problems ahead for online retailers if the UK’s broadband network is not upgraded to high-speed internet throughout the entire country, according to research by the Financial Times.

This could be serious for the online retail sector, which is just one of the markets which is actually bucking the trend in this current financial situation.

However, if the broadband network cannot keep pace then there is a real threat that this will too begin to suffer.

The issue for users is security and privacy, which for some is preventing them from opening accounts and buying goods online.

The other issue of privacy comes from the demands for information of location etc that are made on them when they sign up for a service.

Although there are areas which are being upgraded to the fibre network, there are areas which still experience very slow connections, especially in the country’s rural areas.

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