The plan is to have 90% of the UK covered with at least 24Mbps for everyone by 2015. The Broadband Delivery UK had been awaiting for the £530 million approval to use State Aid cash to fund the rollouts. This step has implications boosting the economy said Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Support.
BT and Fujitsu were the companies that were likely to have the offer of delivering the local broadband infrastructure project. However, BT won the contract because Fujitsu had previous failures with the UK government. The projects will start in Wales, Surrey, Cumbria, Rutland, Herefordshire, and Gloucestershire.
The European Union's digital agenda has a scheme of which all European residents must have access to broadband speeds above 30Mbps and at least half the subscribers must have packages above 100Mbps by 2020. This step of providing high speed coverage in the rural areas in the UK is certainly a step in the right direction.
How can high speed broadband (>30Mbps) be achieved by 2020? What is the impact on the average citizen having this speed? Is an average of 24Mbps needed in the rural areas now? In the future?