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One in Seven UK Businesses on 50mbps or More Broadband

The proportion of workplaces with downstream broadband speed of 10Mbps and above rose from 18% to 25% between October 2007 and May 2008. 13% already have 50Mbps or more.

The latest survey of organisations, including the public sector, conducted by Point Topic shows that they are already going for faster broadband and what is more, many expect to need even greater speeds in future.

"Over 800,000 workplaces will be in the market for more bandwidth", says Tim Johnson, senior analyst at Point Topic. "45% of UK premises expect to want more speed within the next two to three years and 7% significantly more".

The bigger the business, the more likely it is to need more bandwidth. 61% of respondents from medium or larger workplaces and businesses – those with more than 10 employees – said they expected to need higher speeds, but only 39% of those from smaller premises said so.

At present, 8Mbps is the most common downstream speed in 33% of British workplaces. Despite being still by far the biggest share, this represents an 8% reduction since October 2007, as a result of companies migrating to higher speed broadband in recent months.

The majority of those who choose speeds higher than 8Mbps reported a speed of 10Mbps (12%). 5% are on 50Mbps packages, 6% on 100Mbps, while just 2% reported a broadband speed of over 100Mbps.

On the other hand, the proportion on speeds of less than 2Mbps has remained largely unchanged since the last survey conducted in October 2007. The latest survey showed that 21% of businesses are reporting this speed.

"Remote access, remote helpdesks, video conferencing and VOIP are all becoming more embedded in day to day organisational use. These applications are the primary drivers for the increasing speeds organisations require now and in the future," concludes Johnson.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.