Devika: Digital Britain fails technology’s ambitons


The Digital Britain report aims to bridge the ‘digital divide’, but instead it highlights that the UK is behind other developed countries in terms of internet technology advancements.

South Korea is committing to universal speeds of up to 1Gbps by 2012. This is 500 times faster than the UK’s uninspiring promise of universal speeds of 2Mbps.

Research from agency Ipsos Mori has shown that nearly half of people who currently don’t have broadband today actually don’t want it, so forcing them to pay the yearly £6 “broadband tax” is unacceptable.

Implementing a tax to boost network infrastructure to rural areas is absurd. It looks like a desperate attempt by the Government to pick the pockets of consumers to help the economy on a larger scale.

BT and Virgin have already developed networks which provide download speeds of up to 50Mbps after heavy infrastructure investment. These expensive rollouts mean that in the next few years these companies are expected to shift all users onto new networks to avoid maintaining an obsolete infrastructure. This may have already happened by 2012, making the Government’s plan prehistoric.

In terms of spectrum allocation for mobile networks, there is consensus that Vodafone and O2 rule for spectrum speed, efficiency and value for money.  Orange, T-Mobile and 3 should have first dibs on additional spectrum.