Pinder: Business needs 10Mbps broadband

At this year's TMA show in Brighton the Government admitted that 500kbps broadband Internet access is of little practical use for...

At this year's TMA show in Brighton the Government admitted that 500kbps broadband Internet access is of little practical use for business users.

In a keynote speech at the TMA conference Government e-envoy Andrew Pinder said: "The widely deployed 500kbps broadband access speed is not good enough for much of the business sector." Pinder said 2Mbps would be more useful. But ideally he wanted to see the telecoms industry offer 10Mbps links.

The theoretical maximum access speed of ADSL is 8.5Mbps. To achieve 10Mbps speeds and higher, other European countries are seeing suppliers sell access technology like "broadband Ethernet", where fibre networks run into to buildings and Ethernet hubs provided shared access.

Pinder was also critical of the Government's take-up of broadband. "The business community has been very successful at realising the potential of broadband and it is far ahead of the Government and the public sector in general," he said.

Pinder's other concern was that ADSL services were still not available throughout the UK. He said that people were continually asking him when specific areas of the UK would actually get broadband as a result of local phone exchanges being modified by BT.

BT' s stated policy on broadband rollout is that in certain areas it will not do any modifications to the exchanges until a certain number of users have expressed an interest in broadband.

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