Published: 7th Nov 2013
The typical UK household will require a broadband connection of 19 Mbps by 2023.
This is according to a new report that has been commissioned by the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG). It claimed that only one per cent of households will require speeds of 35 to 39 Mbps.
Such figures are a contrast to others that have been cited in studies on future broadband requirements, which tend to suggest homes and businesses will require much faster connections in the future.
The BSG highlighted a number of reasons that it believes justify its findings, including the fact 64 per cent of UK households only contain one or two people and that the bit rate required for quality video streaming is steadily falling and will continue to do so. It also claimed existing networks could likely handle increased traffic without the need for an upgrade.
According to the organisation, there is very little research to suggest what future broadband needs will be and the issue deserves more attention.
Pamela Learmonth, BSG chief executive, stated: "In publishing this report we are not presenting a magic number for desired bandwidth speeds one decade out … We want to use this to develop a formative and evidence-based discussion on future bandwidth needs and what this means for wider broadband policy."
While 19 Mbps is not a particularly high estimate for the UK's broadband needs in ten years time, it is far higher than many households receive at the moment. The government currently classes two Mbps as the basic standard and is working to make sure 100 per cent of the country has access to broadband of this speed.
However, a significant number of people, particularly in rural areas, cannot even go online with a connection of this standard.
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