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December 6, 2010

Government aims for super-fast broadband for 90% of UK by 2015

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by Darren Allan

In an upcoming speech, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce a target for the UK to become one of the leading broadband powers in Europe.

This is something the government has mentioned before, although now Hunt is expected to state that between 85 and 90% of the country will be hooked up to fibre by the year 2015.

Most places can, in theory, expect to have access to at least FTTC, or fibre-to-the-cabinet, offering speeds of 40Mbps.

According to a Guardian report, £50 million extra in funding is to be made available to help speed along super-fast broadband adoption, to make a total fund pool of £830 million thus far. Some critics think that’s still short of the mark, however.

Currently, Virgin Media has begun the roll out process of its new 100Mbps fibre, and BT will be kicking off its 110Mbps fibre in the spring of 2011. BT is also trialling a true next-gen fibre connection of 1Gbps, although it will be quite some time before that’s commercially available.

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