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OECD Praises UK Broadband Progress

Posted: 12th May, 2004 By: MarkJ
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has praised the UK's broadband development, suggesting that our little island could beat out most of the competition with 95% coverage by the end of 2004.

Typically the OECD's findings are largely based off projections for the rollout of BT's ADSL network, thus it comes as no surprise to find said operator praising the new research:

The report, "The development of broadband access in rural and remote areas", looks at broadband availability across the OECD, both as it is now and as it is expected to be next year. It establishes that the UK will lead the G7 group of leading industrial countries in terms of DSL broadband availability both at the end of this year and 2005. This success is due to BT's investment in rolling out broadband, encouraged by the phenomenal effect that hundreds of thousands of local campaigners have had in stimulating demand for broadband services right across the UK.

It is predicted the UK will have 95 per cent coverage by the end of this year, a full five percentage points ahead of its nearest rival in the G7. BT has also announced plans to bring DSL broadband to exchanges serving 99.6 per cent of UK premises by summer 2005. This move will allow the UK to extend its lead even further.

Welcoming the report, BT chief broadband officer, Alison Ritchie, said: "This report fully reflects BT's plans to make broadband available to all. This recognition is great news for UK plc as well as for BT, other broadband companies, government and local partnership initiatives, and, customers.

"The challenge now is to drive the take up of broadband. The UK is already a world leader in narrowband internet but the time has come for it to move up the league table for broadband as well. The growth in adoption rates are very encouraging but there is plenty more to be done.
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