Broadband challenge faces Britain

Time is running out to get the UK in shape to cope with the next wave of net use, says a report. Tough decisions on how to encourage telecoms firms to build faster networks must be made within two years, warns the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG). Without these networks the UK could suffer profound social and economic setbacks, says the industry group. Taking no action could also mean that digital divisions across the UK become entrenched.

The BSG report looks at next generation networks that industry experts believe will take hold in many developed nations as web-based ways of life become more accepted. In 2001, notes the report, the UK was 21st among OECD nations ranked by the number of broadband users. Now the UK heads G7 countries for availability of lower speed broadband (up to 8Mbps). However, it warns that all the hard work done to reach that position could be for nothing if more work is not done to update the UK's telecoms infrastructure to handle very high-speed broadband.

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Virgin Media's still way better than any DSL provider, because you will always get the max 10Mb speed, if they throttle the connections then they should do it to something like 300GB a month, if anbody wants unlimited then they can pay extra.

Virgin Media have in fact already begun to traffic shape their 10Mb service (which is partly why I'm staying on 4Mbps until the upgrades), however their customer service department have been informed not admit the throttling unless you directly ask them the question "Are you using traffic shaping on my broadband connection?".

I remember my brother doing a project on large scale networking.
I believe he found out that it was Thatchers fault for not putting money into upgrading exchanges. so they've been sh*t since like WWII or something.

It is ridiculous, you think with how many millions of customers BT and other phone companies, they'd invest the money they thieve from us into upgrading to a better system. It is in their interest to do so.

Not quite the whole story. BT was prevented by monopoly rulings from laying fibre because it was considered unfair and anti-competitive to the other telecoms like Kingston, Mercury et al.. This was generally considered to be bloody stupid but that is why we still have twisted pair. LLU just doesn't cut it if the "last mile" is still crap.

Yeah, internet in the UK sucks. Im on the fastest UK service provider @ 24 meg (Bethere) and as i am aprox 4km from the exchange, i only get 2meg speeds which suck. The problem is, BT will never upgrade to fiberoptics as if they can get anything up to £30 out of us atm, why would they want to upgrade? Stupid victorian phone lines :@

Do not complain too loudly; here in the US the fastest, average speed you can get is 6MB with DSL and 8MB with cable. My brother in Rome, Italy gets 25MB with unlimited local calls for €35/month. (-:

It's fast if you can get Virgin Media's(NTL/Telewest) 10mbit which is soon to be upgraded to 20mbit for free.

I'd hardly call it free, besides, Virgin Media's (Ex-NTL/BY) network can't cope with those speeds, thats why there bringing in bandwidth throttling which is the whole point of this news article, if there starting to use bandwidth throttling now then clearly they need to upgrade there network for the future.

SIE said,
I'd hardly call it free, besides, Virgin Media's (Ex-NTL/BY) network can't cope with those speeds, thats why there bringing in bandwidth throttling which is the whole point of this news article, if there starting to use bandwidth throttling now then clearly they need to upgrade there network for the future.

I agree that this throttling is stupid, but it's still in it's trial stages and luckily for me where i am i'm not being throttled (yet) and 10mbit speeds isn't a problem here.

SIE said,
I'd hardly call it free, besides, Virgin Media's (Ex-NTL/BY) network can't cope with those speeds, thats why there bringing in bandwidth throttling which is the whole point of this news article, if there starting to use bandwidth throttling now then clearly they need to upgrade there network for the future.

Virgin Media has only just scratched the surface of their fibre optic cable network - even with their 10mbps service (to be upped to 20mbps by June). The main reason that UK broadband is struggling is down to ever-increasing problems with BT and their strangehold over non-cable ISPs via BT Wholesale.

The BBC is the biggest and (arguably) best news corporation in the UK by a long shot.

Would you really like to see some articles here instead sourced from ITV News?

BT will never bother upgrading the phone lines, if they can milk us out of £25 a month for just having DSL then why would they upgrade the lines to fibers? unless they start charging us more than our already ridiculous prices...