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UK Broadband Coverage Still Poor?

Posted: 26th Mar, 2004 By: MarkJ
New research by Point Topic has shown that, despite being the eighth largest hi-speed market, Britain is still behind when it comes to broadband lines per head of population:

According to Point Topic, at the end of 2003 there were 5.39 broadband connections in Britain for every 100 people. This is only just behind Germany, which has 5.53 broadband lines per 100 people, but compares unfavourably with other major economies such as the USA with 8.71 lines per 100 people and Japan with 10.7 lines per 100 people.

South Korea has roared ahead, with 23.48 lines per 100 people. The South Korean government invested heavily in a ground-breaking policy to promote high-speed networks in the 1990s, and the country is still reaping the benefits.

The UK has been gripped by a broadband boom for almost the last two years. This has helped it to recover some credibility in comparisons against other countries, most of which are also enjoying buoyant growth. According to Point Topic, the European broadband market grew by nearly 35 percent in the second half of 2003. France, Italy and the UK all saw growth of more than 40 percent, while Germany lagged behind with just 16 percent.


It just goes to show that even when you think you're ahead, you're still behind. More @ ZDNet.
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