Broadband Britain is facing a £1.1 billion shortfall if it’s to haul the UK out of the internet dark ages, according to a report from the London School of Economics.
In the UK Budget for 2012, £50 million was set aside for funding, bringing the pot for Broadband Britain to £530 million. But according to boffins at the LSE, it’s not enough.
Cited in the Financial Times, the LSE’s report said that while the Government’s plan to cover 90 per cent of the UK with “basic” broadband is “on course” Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s plans to have the “best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015 seems optimistic.”
“The target of 100 per cent coverage by basic broadband by 2015 is likely to be met, but it is less clear when targets of 90 per cent coverage by superfast broadband, and 100 per cent coverage by fast broadband, are likely to be met.”
4G LTE: Britain’s Broadband savior?
Earlier this week, Everything Everywhere launched a campaign to promote its bid to roll out 4G LTE services on its 1800MHz spectrum ahead of Ofcom’s 4G LTE auction.
Research for Everything Everywhere, carried out by Capital Economics, points to a £5.5 billion being injected into the UK economy by 2015, if 4G LTE services are allowed to roll out this year.
Though Everything Everywhere’s deployment of 4G LTE very much hinges on the results of Ofcom’s consultation, the figures make for a compelling argument for 4G deployment. Rival networks O2 and Three are trialling and launching 4G and HSPA+ services right now, with UK Broadband deploying 4G infrastructure in Southwark and Swindon.
4G LTE can provide speeds of up to 100Mbps for fixed locations, and seems a viable alternative for locations which aren’t likely to be reached by a cable network anytime soon.
Former BT Technology chief Sir Peter Cochrane said back in March that a figure close to £15 billion was needed to breathe life back into Britain’s broadband.
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