Feeds

UK urged to invest in fibre networks

Future of broadband

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

On the day that the UK celebrated its one millionth broadband connection the boss of a Swedish company called on the British Government to start thinking about the national roll-out of fibre for next generation broadband services.

Martin Thunman, CEO of PacketFront, said there were very few initiatives or projects in the UK concerning the creation of fibre networks to the home or businesses compared to other parts of the world.

He described today's obsession with xDSL and cable broadband services as myopic claiming that the UK is only focusing on the short term.

Said Mr Thunman: "The infrastructure in place today is not a long-term solution. We need to start talking about building fibre networks.

"In the UK, 'broadband' is commonly used to refer to any 'always-on' communications technology that operates faster than 1Mbps – even the heavily promoted ADSL only goes up to 2Mbps.

"PacketFront argues that this type of bandwidth is totally inadequate for achieving the technological leadership posited by 'Broadband Britain'."

Thunman called on central and regional Government to fund the roll-out of fibre networks and warned that unless the UK took this seriously, it would hit a ceiling and be left behind in the information revolution.

A spokeswoman for the Government was less than enthusiastic about the idea of such investment claiming that the UK needs to concentrate on the here and now, and focus on bringing broadband to the mass market.

She told The Register said: "We look at broadband as a journey. As the market matures we'll see where it goes. Who can say that in ten years time fibre networks will be the way to go?

PacketFront makes equipment and develops solutions which are used in fibre networks. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts
Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?