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30meg broadband to cover Europe by 2020
Monday 20 September 2010 16:44:28 by John Hunt

The European Commission have today announced a new digital agenda which will see fast and ultra-fast broadband delivered across Europe. The new measures are looking to set ambitious targets for broadband penetration, ensuring that all EU citizens can get access to basic broadband by 2013 and that by 2020, all EU citizens have access to fast broadband of at least 30Mbps and 50% or more of European households have access to broadband at speeds above 100Mbps.

The proposals also look at forming a common regulatory approach to high speed fibre networks across Europe and guides member countries on the best way to encourage both public and private investment in broadband.

  • A Commission Recommendation on Regulated Access to Next Generation Access (NGA) networks sets out a common regulatory approach for access to new high-speed fibre networks that requires national telecoms regulators to ensure an appropriate balance between the needs to encourage investment and to safeguard competition. This will provide increased regulatory clarity to all market players, which is necessary to stimulate investment in fast and ultra-fast broadband. The Telecommunications Framework Directive (2002/21/EC) requires Member States to ensure that their regulatory authorities take the "utmost account" of the Commission Recommendation, justifying any departure from it.
  • A Commission proposal for a Decision by the European Parliament and Council to establish a 5 year policy programme to promote efficient radio spectrum management and, in particular, ensuring that sufficient spectrum is made available by 2013 for wireless broadband (which will significantly contribute bringing fast broadband connections to people in remote areas and to make innovative services available across Europe). Efficient and competitive use of spectrum in the EU will also support innovation in other policy areas and sectors such as transport and the environment.
  • A Broadband Communication that sets out a coherent framework for meeting the Digital Agenda's broadband targets and, in particular, outlines how best to encourage public and private investment in fast and ultra-fast broadband networks. It calls on EU Member States to introduce operational broadband plans for high and ultra high speed networks with concrete implementing measures, it provides guidance on how to cut investment costs and indicates how public authorities may support broadband investment, including making better use EU funds. It also announces plans by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank to bring forward broadband finance instruments.
Proposals set out by European Commission today

The Commission have usefully put in some definitions to broadband speeds, defining "fast" as 30Mbps or above and "ultra-fast" as 100Mbps or above. This will hopefully help create some coherence across countries and the broadband industry to adopt a more standardised definition of services. Currently different terms such as "high-speed", "super-fast", "ultra-fast" and "next generation" are often used to mean effectively the same thing. They did not however detail how fast 'basic broadband' which should be universally available by 2013 should be.

"Fast broadband is digital oxygen, essential for Europe's prosperity and well-being. These measures will help to ensure that Europeans get the first-class internet they expect and deserve, so that they can access the content and services they want."

Neelie Kroes, (Vice President) European Commission

Comparing these broadband policies with those here in the UK, currently the government have only committed to providing universal 2Mbps broadband by 2015, and bringing this forward to 2013 could throw a spanner in the works.

Comments

Posted by camieabz over 6 years ago
I assume the UK will receive EU grants for the meeting the target by the date(s) required?

Heh!
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
"They did not however detail how fast 'basic broadband' which should be universally available by 2013 should be." - how about 15Mbps?
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Given a surprisingly large number of people across the EU have yet to get any broadband, 15Mbps seems unlikely to meet the definition of "basic broadband" for 2013. The UK's 2Mbps seems like a reasonable start.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Haha so thats FTTC dead seeing as that cant even deliver 30Mb to every user. So we can stop calling that junk "fast" now cant we. :D

Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Inetresting discussion document but think it unlikely that the EU is offering funding.

Don't see why anyone would say FTTC is "junk"? Very odd comment, especially as its giving many of us well in excess of the newly mentioned 30Mbps performance today that the EU would like to see us all enjoy by 2020.

No memntion of upstream speeds? I think this is becoming a real inhibitor to broadband use as more of us want to upload content, backup our files etc.
Posted by TheGuv over 6 years ago
FTTC is a necessary evil IMO. Anyone with half a clue will agree that getting the cabs fibred is a half way house that will give a platform to getting FTTP.

I can't see any reason that this will change the Openreach plans. This is the usual Euro hot air which will come to nothing unless backed by grants or loans to allow every household to be connected by a FTTC/P product without prejudice towards their geographic location.
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
@CARPETBURN - I noticed that, BT won't be impressed with the threshold being 30Mbps, leaving only one mainstream provider in [only half] the country capable of consistently delivering it.
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
30mbps is not ambitious, well not in the UK anyway. VM already have ~half the country covered with 50mbps. 1Gbps would have been ambitious, and is the sort of speed ambition required to stop telcos playing with copper.
Posted by CaptainHulaHoop over 6 years ago
VM use copper
1Gbps would be nice, but no one needs that, nor would they want to pay the costs for the data usage, then peer to peerers and pirates will complain about getting restricted or charged more to break the law and clog up the networks
Posted by davolente over 6 years ago
Be nice to get half a meg where I live. (NOT a rural area by any means!). I expect ISP's will dangle the "fast" unlimited carrot and then promptly remind customers of "fair usage" caps. "Oh yes, you can have high speed but don't actually use it"
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
This is the one and only good thing that has come out of the EU in recent years :) It's also nice to have defined how the terms will be used.

Remember, VDSL2+ (FTTC) can support upto 100Mbps and the majority of users on FTTC are probably close enough to get 30Mb+ although i think 20Mb would be more than adequate.
Posted by acahopkins over 6 years ago
Looked at BT info - only 5Mb BB here, and I am already getting 17Mb from Virgin's XL service. When BT introduced *their* BB here they put out misleading advertising saying "BB is coming to this area" yet numerous local people had been using CWC (now Virgin) BB for some time already!
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
We don't have a need for 100Mb now, but it would be nice to have the infrastructure there for when we do.

Currently i think 20Mb minimum would be a good basic right for 2013 using FTTC, even in villages.

It would be then the decision of the ISP if they want to connect homes to the cabinet with a fibre cable for a reasonable price.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
So you're going to pay for a 20Mbps minimum across the UK? Won't be free.

In the interim it will be good to see the UK hopefully tell the EU to mind its' own business, and to see increased decentralisation and wireless solutions being employed to allow localities to roll out more bespoke solutions rather than having the begging bowl out to national government and relying on off the shelf solutions.
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
Firstly if i could have my way dixi i would leave the EU, that's for sure.

If i was PM i would probably scrap the fibre tax, force to open ducts and YES pay for FTTC (£5bn) but remember thats not £6bn a year it more liked £2bn a year. The benefits outway the the disadvantages by along shot and will definitely shrink the digital divide.

As i've said before its not just about now, it's about the future, competing with other business at home and abroad, FTTC will definitely help.

cont..
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
FTTC would be a great investment for the government. Community projects would help cut the cost alot too and we need more project and JFDIs!

YES i would pay for FTTC if i was in government.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
More of the same to be honest, there's no shortage of different entities saying they want faster broadband, what we are short of is the cash to pay for it. If the EU is stumping it up the money I'd like to hear more, if not... I'd like to hear less ;)
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
Well if the EU should pay for it in this case, but there is nothing stopping the UK for paying for it...

Scrap £100bn of quangos, all 1100+ of them. Leave the EU, get rid of paperwork, sort H&S (common sense) and get rid of high ranked peoples i.e. Managers in the NHS and the UK would be sorted and more efficient with plenty to probably deploy FTTH lol.

But in this case, the EU should pay for it, especially if they are giving the rules.
Posted by jcb6717 over 6 years ago
Brilliant news that in 10 years time we should expect to have broadband which is only 3% of the speed that Hong Kong gets today! Progress?? 1000Mbps is currently readily available in Hong Kong. To aim for 30Mbps in 10 years is hardly ambitious.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Sadly the UK isn't a single city as Hong Kong is, and has to pander to various special interests along with no aerial cable deployment.
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
doesn't help being in the EU either, LOL.
Posted by Gamerwillz over 6 years ago
Nice. I hope it will go well. Lets hope the UK won't lag behind - I need faster broadband too.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
@jcb6717
In Hong Kong is 1Gb available to every dwelling (apartment) or to every building, most of which are multi-tenancy with relatively large numbers of separate units?

What about to the very large slum areas, do all the dwellings there get 1Gb too?
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
IMHO I would ask everyone that "must" have synchronoous 100Mb (insert your preferred speed requiring FTTP or similar here) to every home in the land two questions:

1. How much money do you have to pay for this - and I really do mean of your money, too easy to spend someone else's money?

2. What do you need it for, bearing in mind FTTC will support multiple HD streams with bandwidth to spare - again, too easy to say "build it and they will come", specifically what application(s) do you believe need FTTP?

Answers on a postcard.....
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
jcb - what throughput do people get on a 1G connection?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"@CARPETBURN - I noticed that, BT won't be impressed with the threshold being 30Mbps, leaving only one mainstream provider in [only half] the country capable of consistently delivering it."

Indeed Mark :) Not gonna bother replying to the BT fanboys its official BT FTTC is NOT "fast" :D
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
@New_Londoner - to me, FTTC is BT's first serious attempt at trying to deliver BB and a decade overdue. The current solutions are completely useless from the perspective of "I want to buy a connection with X speed" (about 10Mbps in my case). FTTC is no guarantee of very fast speeds, but the current telephone network is pretty well a guarantee of useless speeds. Holland's average downstream = 21Mbps, UK 3.8Mbps. We should learn from them; we can teach them nothing except how to run a wholly inadequate service on a shoestring.
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
Holland's average downstream = 21Mbps, UK 3.8Mbps. We should learn from them; we can teach them nothing except how to run a wholly inadequate service on a shoestring.
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
Oops... on the money side, I have been trying to find someone who can deliver 10Mbps downstream and I have £75 pm to spend. I also want an SLA. The only certain answer: cable. Still. In 2010. FTTC may however be the first viable cable alternative.
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
On a final note - not attacking you personally :) on the point that "Given a surprisingly large number of people across the EU have yet to get any broadband" - lets have a definition of what broadband is. Suggest 4Mbps. It's surprising just how many people in the UK - the most densely populated country in Europe - have no access to broadband.
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
It seems odd that Broadband is sold at speeds of 8, 10, 20 and 50Mbps yet for some reason we all still seem to define broadband by a speed half that of the slowest broadband advertised. In fact if an ADSL line connects at 160kbps it is still broadband by BT's definition.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
@Mark
I suspect that the 6% of the EU population with no broadband access whatsoever would welcome even 1Mbps!

The Netherlands has pretty good fixed-line broadband on a range of measures, but a better comparator would be the larger EU economies. 3% of the German population do not have any access, including over 20% in rural areas (4% and 15% in Italy).

Contd.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago

On these measures, and sourced from the same EU report, the UK ranks 1st for broadband availabilty and has 99.6% coverage in rural areas. 96.9% of UK broadband connections achieved > 2Mbps, ranking 6th in the EU.

So perhaps we're not doing so badly!
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
"jcb - what throughput do people get on a 1G connection? " - I love how someone always drops the "The Far East have one 1Gb connections" line, its like an old wives tale and no-one bothers to check the facts :)
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
They may have 1Gb connections but its shared between a lot of users.

I still think we need 100Mbps in place now rather than later.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
Is a research trip to the Far East required?

The danger is that you always know your home country better, and the truth behind adverts, whereas we all seem to believe the adverts overseas, or reports from people who are entertained by teleco's. Guess where BT would show visitors, a FTTC and FTTP location, and VM would show their 50 and 100Mbps products off.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
@jcb6717 - Suggest you take a look at the Speedtest.net Word Results and look at China
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
Then again since they use fibre, i'm sure they at least get a reliable connection which won't disconnect them due to the damn length of it.
Posted by spetznaz over 6 years ago
Right so who is going to pay for sub-2000 line exchanges to get FTTC/WBC?, not BT that is for sure.. not in this decade anyway.

EU hand over the cash for once instead of it going to other way as usual..
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"The danger is that you always know your home country better, and the truth behind adverts, whereas we all seem to believe the adverts overseas, or reports from people who are entertained by teleco's. Guess where BT would show visitors, a FTTC and FTTP location, and VM would show their 50 and 100Mbps products off. "

And they would still be out classed if other areas of the globe showed their "best" areas.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"Right so who is going to pay for sub-2000 line exchanges to get FTTC/WBC?, not BT that is for sure.. not in this decade anyway.

EU hand over the cash for once instead of it going to other way as usual.."

Why should BT or anyone get any money from the EU? They have the speeds apply to Europe as a whole, other providers overseas will have to stump up money if they want to call their services "fast" and similar and so can BT, sick of their whines wanting public money. I hope the EU force these new rules on us and make the likes of BT spend one once in their lifes.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Like they spent for ADSL, like they spent for FTTC/P?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
ADSL back in the days it first arrived and getting it was funded by locals in some areas, same is/has happened with FTTC.
Sick of them taking public money and whoring their profits, about time we had some harsh regulation here, ofcom dont do it so the EU can. I look forward to it entirely.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
CB they are always spending money tch, spending billions now. Who are the EU to say we should all have these speeds. Not the government nor the brussel bandits can force a private company to rollout something if it isn't profitable. Why not just leave BT out the equation and the EU or government forces Virgin to rollout cable to every household in the UK whether its profitable or not to do so, sound unfair? Then think of what your asking of BT.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
As I've said before, let BT do what they want to do with their own money (they are private) if gov/EU want to set a standard then they should pay for it.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Particularly strange comment about BT investment - fair enough to criticise some of the many vocal companies that talk a good story but rarely / never invest their own money, Virgin for lack of expansion of coverage or even to have a pop at the mobile companies for lack of 3G coverage.

Which company funding the core network upgrade, is funding FTTC/P deployment? Yes there may be a small amount of public funding to expand coverage into uneconomic areas but its a tiny % of the total.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Rather like some of the comments about overseas capability, those on the perceived lack of private sector investment in the UK need to bear some relationship to the facts.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Finally, for those that are critical, and as per earlier post, before you complain, how much money do you have to pay for this investment? And I really do mean of your money, too easy to spend someone else's money.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
"% of the total" probably < 0.1%
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Curious that some posters complain about lack of investment here, moan about tiny amounts of govt. funding and mention how much better it is in Korea, Japan, Singapore, France...

But overlook the enourmous govt subsidy offered in those countries, rarely understand the detai about what service is actually offered (eg FTTP but to an apartment block with 100Mb shared between large number of dwellings), and ignore the limited coverage outside of urban areas.

Lets hope they actually read this EU report, perhaps OECD reports too - the grass is not always greener!
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Don't get overseas gov funding and investment in comms spoil the fun New_L :)
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
cb - How many places had ADSL funded? 20%, 10%?

Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"As I've said before, let BT do what they want to do with their own money (they are private) if gov/EU want to set a standard then they should pay for it. "

Key words being their OWN money, so they best give ADSL to the welsh lot and not charge them £100 each for the priveledge or beg local authority to fund some FTTC schemes EH?
SCUM and i welcome this crackdown with open arms.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"cb - How many places had ADSL funded? 20%, 10%?"

Couldnt care less, point is areas did fund it. Where i used to live the local authority funded it for that area. Time for that to change, they wanna be private and dominate the market let the scum spend their own money.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Your letting your imagination get away with you, what crackdown and what forcing? They've stated their goals that's all.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
"encourage both public and private investment in broadband"

I don't see "encourage" as "forcing" our government or BT or Virgin to spend money on BB
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
@CB
Interesting you think the EU is the "real authority". Bit of a change of position versus a few weeks ago, but clearly everyone can change their mind.

Presumably you'll now acknowledge their ruling regarding the position of rateable treatment of Kingston and BT not being unfair, not equating to state aid?
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
PS Still waiting to see how much of your own money you're prepared to risk on NGA investment, given you're so quick to criticise others. Must be an impressive figure as you've been very critical of the £2.5bn investment put forward to deliver FTTC/P.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
cb's latest idea is that everyone who disagrees with him must be a BT shareholder and not capable of independent thought. Polite and constructive comments would help.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Read the whole document here:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2010:0245:REV1:EN:HTML
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"PS Still waiting to see how much of your own money you're prepared to risk on NGA investment, given you're so quick to criticise others. Must be an impressive figure as you've been very critical of the £2.5bn investment put forward to deliver FTTC/P."

Blah blah as i keep telling you that 2.5 billion is a BT ESTIMATE not the final figure, for some reason you cant comprehend the dfifference, please remove your fanboy blinkers before attempting the thought process.
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
"96.9% of UK broadband connections achieved > 2Mbps, ranking 6th in the EU"

That's simply unbelievable nonsense.

I put the figure at about 70%.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
@Mark
The figure is as per the EU report, ditto the others quoted above.

@CB
Bear in mind UK and US stock exchange rules require a degree of accuracy in forward-looking statements, so the £2.5bn would need to be based on realistic estimates given information available today.

Look forward to seeing details of your proposed investment that will put this in the shade....
Posted by williamtulloch over 6 years ago
Does this mean that Parts of the UK that can't get broadband at present will be able to get broadband by 2013 ?
Somehow I have my doubts.
Yes I would like faster broadband, but for those without it seems there is little improvement in sight.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"@CB
Bear in mind UK and US stock exchange rules require a degree of accuracy in forward-looking statements, so the £2.5bn would need to be based on realistic estimates given information available today."

Nonsense, i spose the whole welsh thing thats just happened was a realistic also. You just want to pretend BT are spending that much when their is no evidence they will spend that amount, less than that amount or more than that amount, simply put you dont understand what an estimate is.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
What evidence would you want?
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Evidence is no good Somerset even if you could provide it, he'd just dispute it as lies.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Evidence is not something BT state, thats dis-information. Evidence is proof, BT have no proof of what it will cost, thats why its only an ESTIMATE as i keep trying to explain to the other imbecile.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Surely it's reasonable to assume that BT will have actually calculated what it will cost. Capital equipment, cabinet distances, cable length, accommodation etc.

Again, what evidence do you want?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
^^^ Like a certain area in wales you mean and the debacle thats occured?
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
So the conclusion seems to be that even with a monpoly in half the country, BT can't afford to do a great deal (FTTC in 66% of the country by 2015 which is going to overlap hugely with VM - miserably disappointing)

Can we now agree that the market hasn't worked, won't work, and that as per other countries we'll need taxpayer involvement?

The logical conclusion being: nationalise Openreach.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
I suspect nationalising Openreach would be the end of broadband this country.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Problem is the cost per customer is lower in dense areas, which is why VM gave up on any expansion. The 'final third' needs to be announced asap.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
I suspect nationalising Openreach would be the end of BT BASED broadband IN this country.
Ive gone ahead and corrected that for you.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
If Openreach were nationalised, highly unlikely, who would run it? What happens in other countries?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Who ran things before?
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
The Post Office, waiting list for a new line, any colour phone as long as it's black...

Still the main issue is funding of the final third.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
It may have escaped notice but the Con/Lib pact is unlikely to re-nationalise a telecoms firm or part of it.

Conservatives created BT to give firms like VM and Mercury a chance.

Forcing them to float Openreach as another public company is more likely, but its not clear whether the stock market would invest the capital to allow them to invest.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
The government have made it clear on numerous occasions they are looking to the private sector to fund the new wave of broadband provision and not pay out anything themselves, no way will they spend billions taking over Openreach
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
There is nothing logical about nationalising Openreach. It would cost billions, with billions more in liabilities taken on. Then there would be the cost of actually implementing the networks.

The logical conclusion being to devolve more power to localities to allow them to invest in the solutions they consider most appropriate and cost-efficient for their needs.

This works - see the USA, Sweden, Netherlands, etc, as examples.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Plus (could be wrong) I don't think Openreach actually do R&D in house, other parts of BT do that and Openreach implement it and look after the running of the infrastructure.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
The problem with the initially interesting-sounding local build etc is that you stand a very high probability of missing out of competition amongst service providers as a result. If you don't believe me look at the very small number of ISPs operating in the South Yorkshire network, the fibre network in North Wales, some of the private fibre networks in new build areas in London etc.

Its all down to the very high cost of modifying the back office systems for a potentially tiny gain of some new customers from a village. It just doesn't cost in.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
@CB
Still looking forward to seeing details of your proposed investment that will put the £2.5bn FTTC/P funding in the shade....

@Mark
"Can we now agree that the market hasn't worked, won't work, and that as per other countries we'll need taxpayer involvement?" For the UK overall, no - read the EU report, the stats don't support your statement, sorry.

For the so-called "final third", yes public funding is required as the investment required is not currently economic - unless CB is about to stump up the money! :-D
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
"The government have made it clear on numerous occasions they are looking to the private sector to fund the new wave of broadband provision" - yes, and in return, the private sector says no every time and holds out the begging bowl.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
^ That's true but only to meet the governments target. If they government would telling the private sector what they want them to do, they private sector would stop asking for money where they can't do it where its commercially viable. As I've said before, either leave them to operate their businesses, or if you want them (Virgin included) to go where there's no money to be made expect to help fund it.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
"government would telling" = "government would stop telling"
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Also Mark to correct you BT haven't said no they are already investing (to keep CB happy) an "estimated" £2.5 Billion themselves to rollout FTTC and have said to rollout to the remainder of the country would need funding from elsewhere. No idea what Virgin have said about expansion has the government even asked?
Posted by spetznaz over 6 years ago
Quote : "The government have made it clear on numerous occasions they are looking to the private sector to fund the new wave of broadband provision" - yes, and in return, the private sector says no every time and holds out the begging bowl."

lol that about sums up 'Broadband Britain'. BT will do nothing until heavily pressured so I expect to get WBC by about 2015 and FTTC probably by 2020.. by which stage London/Manchester/Leeds etc etc will probably have FTTH 100mbit+ and so the endless cycle of 'digital divide' continues.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
In other news London has a metro service and extremely regular buses while most of the rest of the UK doesn't. The transport divide continues.

See what I did there?

In few things actually is the UK quite as heavily shown up as how poor services are in our capital compared with our peers. We're much further behind the curve for peak speeds than we are for availability and average speed.
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