Brits 'sceptical' over broadband improvements header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, has responded to the government's latest announcement that it is set to miss its targets for the rollout of superfast broadband for 2015 and beyond.

With a new investment of £250 million outlined as part of this week's Comprehensive Spending Review, Mr Doku stated people may now be sceptical of the coalition's ability to deliver on its promises, while there is another key issue the government is failing to address.

He said: "The government's agenda focuses on connectivity and reach, but fails to look at price. It's all very well promising superfast speeds, but only if people know they are available and, more importantly, can afford to pay for them."

Mr Doku noted consumers continue to be in the dark regarding which areas of the country are to be covered as part of the Broadband Delivery UK initiative, while many people also have fears that despite improvements in network transfer rates up and down the country, these faster connections could still be too expensive to have real benefits for all.

Indeed, while chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander outlined the coalition's ongoing aim of making the UK a leading light in broadband provision by 2018, he noted that economic issues over recent years and a lack of sustained recovery are holding back the programme of upgrades.

Rural areas outside the 90 per cent target for superfast broadband delivery may also face difficulties in receiving speed improvements, although anyone living in these locations who wish for a fast and reliable internet connection might like to consider the benefits of satellite broadband.

The news follows the publication of research from uSwitch.com highlighting how the majority of Brits (86.2 per cent) believe the government would be better investing the money it is putting towards the new HS2 high-speed rail network into the delivery of improved broadband services.

Posted by Craig Roberts