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Telecoms Leaders Say You Only NEED 25Mbps Broadband

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 (4:35 pm) - Score 962

A snap survey of members from the so-called Broadband 100 group, which rather boldly claims to bring together the “greatest minds from the Telecoms, Media and IT industries“, have perhaps unsurprisingly concluded that today’s homes only need broadband Internet download speeds of up to 25Mbps.

The group, which counts senior figures from Telstra, Deutsche Telekom, Orange and cable giant Liberty Global (Virgin Media) among its ranks, was established earlier this month in an effort to help boost collaboration with Government’s and within the industry itself.

Apparently their first meeting is due to take place at this year’s Broadband World Forum event in Amsterdam, which starts next week. But before that some 49 or so of their number managed to find the time to do a quick survey by answering a question on what kind of broadband speeds they felt CURRENT households might actually need.

The Broadband Need Survey Results

1. 25Mbps (42.9%)
2. 75Mbps (20.4%)
3. 150Mbps (18.4%)
4. 10Mbps (12.2%)
5. 1Gbps (4.1%)
6. 500Mbps (2%)

The complex issue of “need” and “demand” for different broadband speeds has been explored many times before on these pages, most recently in this article – Do We Really Need “Superfast” Broadband? Ultimately the conclusion will not be the same for everybody because we all have different requirements, although in an ideal world the underlying infrastructure should attempt to cater for the heaviest of economically feasible home usage.

In today’s market we’d say that 25Mbps is a reasonable expectation since that is able to cater for the vast majority of normal usage, although going forward there’s clearly a desire for even faster speeds. But right now it’s still a struggle for many people to get a stable performance of 25Mbps, yet the various deployment projects suggest that this won’t always be the case. We live in hope.

Crucially the survey is more interesting than your average poll because it reflects the thoughts of those who actually have to make the key decisions about current and future infrastructure. Credits to Cable for spotting the survey first.

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11 Responses
  1. Avatar adslmax says:

    If u live on your own then 25Mbps will be more than enough! But, a family of 2 or 3 more need at least 50Mbps but a family of 4 or more need at least 100Mbps.

  2. Avatar col says:

    My home of 4 including two teenagers get by on 3 meg. Of course more bandwidth would be welcome allowing more than one person to stream at the same time.I would welcome 12 meg and say 1.5 upload.

    1. Avatar Andy says:

      I’m guessing you don’t use it much if you find 3 meg sufficient. There are two of us in our house and it’s virtually useless.

  3. Avatar Bo Selecta says:

    Given that 57.1% of them gave answers other than 25Mbps I think the article headline is a little bit misleading.

    1. Avatar Hull_lad says:

      You beat me to it!

  4. Avatar No Clue says:

    “1. 25Mbps (42.9%)
    2. 75Mbps (20.4%)
    3. 150Mbps (18.4%)
    4. 10Mbps (12.2%)
    5. 1Gbps (4.1%)
    6. 500Mbps (2%”

    So 12.2% think 10Mb is enough, 42.9% of them think 25Mb is enough yet the other 44.9% say something between 75Mb and 1Gb is needed.

    Quite funny really when the majority of them can not provide a consistent 75Mb-1Gb speed. Yet thats what the majority think the aim should be.

  5. Avatar NGA for all says:

    The Ofcom research in support of the Future TV and supporting thed release of 700 Mhz – available from their consultation page, work by Mediatique is the most complete piece I have read. It looks a bit further out but concludes delivery of non-real time TV needs more than FTTC. It also suggests that policy makers rather the market need to play a full part in determining the rate of change in pushing. Impressive and detailed piece of work.

  6. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

    Fair to say that DT et al, selling VDSL 2, would’ve claimed that 25Mb was enough.

    I agree, for now. What’s desirable is obviously as much as possible.

  7. Avatar timeless says:

    lets say the country was only upgraded to 25meg download speeds and then suddenly a new HD format came out as is usually the case and suddenly we find out 25meg isnt enough..

    the point lm trying to make is while it maybe enough now in the future it wont be, now while the telecoms companies might mean different, l have a sneaking suspicion that they would rather spend less to get us up to 25meg than spend more future proofing the networks because otherwise that impacts their shareholders profits…

  8. Avatar adslmax says:

    Don’t forget the 4K and then 8K come out sooner

  9. Avatar Darren says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

    This whole Want vs Need argument is pointless. To get the most benefit from fast broadband we Need as fast as possible. It doesn’t matter how much any individual wants, to get the most out of high speed internet we all need access to it and the faster it is the more useful it is and the more potential it has.

    Providing as little as you can get away with isn’t the way to go about it, provide as much as is financially viable yes, but not as little as you can possibly get away with because that’s no way to be the best and accelerate growth.

    At the end of the day none of us Need the internet at all, there was a time when we lived perfectly ok without it. But it’s here, so we should be embracing faster speeds and higher reliability to reap the maximum benefit.

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