Ofcom has published proposals to encourage further investment and competition to deliver super-fast broadband to UK homes and businesses.
Next generation broadband promises to deliver speeds of up to 100mbps with services delivered through technology including fibre optic cables rather than copper wires, which currently deliver speeds of up to 8mbps to most homes.
Super-fast broadband will benefit consumers by allowing different members of a household to download material quickly whilst simultaneously watching films in high-definition TV.
It will also enable multiple business services such as two-way video calls, improved data storage facilities and provide more opportunities for working from home.
In addition it could help to enable services such as medical consultations via an internet video conference.