The UK is in danger of being left with a mediocre broadband network according to fibre optic infrastructure specialists i3 Group.
Over the last few months the super fast broadband debate has been raging with headline speeds of up to 1Gbps being touted. However, it has now emerged that Ofcom believes the super fast benchmark to be speeds greater than 24Mbps, as referenced in its latest report ‘Super fast broadband’ published last week.
Elfed Thomas, CEO, i3 Group said: “Industry experts agree that the definition of ‘super fast’ broadband is 100Mbps. 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today, but with the explosion of new applications, such as HD video on demand, e-learning and IPTV, it will soon become outdated. Therefore, to set the benchmark for super fast broadband at this mediocre level is both dangerous and short-sighted. The UK deserves better. We only need to look overseas to see that we will be left far behind the rest of the world, which completely contradicts both the Government’s and its challengers’ desire for the UK to be world digital leaders.”
Fibrecity Holdings, an i3 Group company, is currently building fibre to the home networks and an open access platform for service providers. The company plans to connect 50,000 homes per month over the next two years using a proven commercial and technical model that uses the sewer system and ready-made ducts, supporting the largest roll-out of commercial fibre-to-the-home in the UK.
Thomas continues: “As well as being unreliable, current broadband services struggle to support more than one service being used at the same time in a household. This is particularly true of the more bandwidth hungry services that we are becoming accustomed to using such as catch up TV, social networks and movies on demand.
“The Fibrecity networks we are building in the UK are different. We are connecting existing homes directly to the fibre so that householders can benefit from standard broadband connection speeds of 100Mbps – truly super fast. This connection is symmetrical so upload and download speeds are equally fast.
“We have built a platform that offers choice, and currently our service provider partners are offering broadband packages with speeds from 25Mbps to 100Mbps with boost services available that deliver up to 1Gbps.”
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