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Gov Predicts Faster Broadband - 2010
By: MarkJ - 29 January, 2004 (9:22 AM)

Speaking again at ABC's conference in London, the government’s e-Commerce minister, Stephen Timms, also began to hint at future technologies and when they might arrive:

"We don't yet have a clear roadmap to a future where there is fibre everywhere. We need to start work on that roadmap," Timms said.

"I look forward to that debate being a serious one, following the great progress that has been achieved recently in the UK broadband sector," explained the minister for energy, e-commerce and postal services.

Timms told the ABC conference that if the government did set itself new goals for the deployment of faster services, as it has been recently advised by the Broadband Stakeholder Group, it could well use 2010 as its target date.

Several hints toward Metro Ethernet/fibre cable based technologies were dropped, although 2010 should probably be taken more as a 'start' date as opposed to an 'end'.

In the meantime faster cable and ADSL2+ style connections may slowly drip into the market by the end of 2004/2005. More @ ZDNet.

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