Britain needs 'high speed internet capacity'
Friday 14th September 2012, by Harry Wallis
Britain requires a high speed internet capacity in order to accommodate the next generation of services, it has been claimed.
Steve Nimmons, technology industry consultant, believes that the UK is facing competition from other European Union companies when it comes to offering critical infrastructure for broadband deals.
Mr Nimmons explained that there is a number of reasons why there is now more of a shift towards online uptake when it comes to government public services.
He noted that things such as universal credit and tax disk applications are easily modernised and can be handled better when they are stored on the internet.
The expert stressed that one of the key factors of broadband rollout in the UK is that it must be ready for the next generation of services, regardless of whether they are designed for the public or private sector.
Mr Nimmons noted that innovation is another interesting trend, with technology in recent years leaping from digital subscriber lines offering poor video content to fast services with high-quality media.
"You get commercial models where you can rent online videos and the user experience is pretty good. So there are lots of things about innovation in business models that you need the network capacity to carry out.
"I think that is probably one of the good arguments in favour of an aggressive roll out, so that we are not left behind in terms of innovation that we can and cannot do in comparison to our European counterparts," he continued.
These remarks come after culture secretary Maria Miller confirmed plans to speed up the roll-out of superfast broadband in Britain.
The government is looking to invest £680 million in the services, with Ms Miller confirming that broadband street cabinets and similar infrastructure can now be fitted without prior approval from authorities.
As well as this, the new plans mean that broadband cables and cabinets can be installed on private land without being affected by long-running negotiations.