That's part of the point of my post.
Both of the UK's main BB players are not interested in 100% UK BB coverage by 2015, especially when one considers this
Broadband speeds across the UK were revealed today to be on average far slower than advertised, with the nation's average download rate barely half of the average available maximum.
The research, conducted by speed optimisation firm Pando Networks, found that the average UK download speed was just 481KBps. [3848kbp/s - camie]
...but the worst performer of all was BT, with speeds of just 399KBps [3192kbp/s - camie], and a lamentable completion rate of 77 per cent.
The worst broadband speeds in the country were found in Stanford-on-Avon in Northamptonshire, with an average of just 130KBps [1040kbp/s - camie].
A recent study by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom found that the average maximum speed of UK broadband connections was 7.5Mbps; the above shows that the reality is just over half of that, at 3.85Mbps.
It increasingly looks like the targets of 100% coverage at 2Meg are not going to be reached, and if they are, it will be just 2Meg. 4Meg should be the target. Back when this 100% coverage plan was mooted, the web content was a fifth of what it is now
. There's no way that 2Meg will be sufficient for whatever 2015 holds for us (assuming it happens on time).
13th Nov. 2003 - UK govt calls for 100% broadband coverage by 2005
"That is why today I am calling on them to work even more closely with us, to identify the challenges ahead so that between us we can take the next big stride in achieving a common goal - 100 per cent broadband availability by the end of 2005."
22nd Apr. 2009 - Budget: Plans for complete broadband coverage in UK
Chancellor Alistair Darling today outlined plans to use Government money to help achieve complete broadband internet coverage for the whole of the UK.
15th Jul. 2010 - Broadband target put back to 2015
The Digital Britain review, led by communications minister Lord Carter, published an interim report in January which called for every home in the UK to have access to 2 megabit-per-second broadband - fast enough to watch video online - by 2012.
Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, said that it was not practical to meet the previous government's target of universal broadband coverage by 2012 Ė a commitment he had previously dismissed as "paltry". Instead, Hunt said it would take until 2015 before every home in Britain had at least a 2Mbps (megabits per second) connection.
So where are we now? The Ofcom publication 6th August 2011
shows that 14% of UK connection are less than 2.2 Meg sync on average (I noticed my region is 14% too, so an average place it seems).
You posted "Best in Europe by 2015 is the goal" in TBB's article
comments here, while this
article echos that fact (both articles in Autumn 2010):
The Government has said that Britain will have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015.
However, it also mentions the following:
It found that countries such as Latvia, Bulgaria and Portugal are already achieving the necessary 11mbps download and 5mps upload speeds.
I just feel that the UK will not be 100% 2Meg by 2015, nor will it be the best in Europe. It might have 2/3 high-speed access by then, so it's averages will look good on the leages tables, but the 1/3 of other users will be forgotten in the scramble and those who do get 2Meg will find the web is demanding 4Meg as a minimum for interactivity.
Doom and gloom, I know, but the history of the targets and deliveries speak for themselves. If things weren't that bad, the 'powers that be' would be shouting the good news from the rooftops. Given that we are now looking at a target that is ten years behind the original target, and that none of the previous targets have been met, what else can we expect?