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UK Government Backs Country Wide Super Fast Broadband

United Kingdom is all set to embrace a country wide super-fast broadband with the government backing the project with a £530 Million funding.

The Culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is expected to announce, this week sometime, details of the funding that will be allocated to the local authorities in support for the making the country wide rollout a reality. It has also been revealed that another £30 Million is to be invested after 2015.

The government plans to roll out the broadband in such a way that all the UK homes will at least get 2Mbps of connectivity with 90% being able to receive bandwidth of 24Mbps and above.

With the super-fast broadband speeds, the target is to turn to not-spots in UK to hot spots and most of the users having the capability of using bandwidth intensive applications like VoIP, video conferencing, BBC iPlayer, etc.

"There is evidence that once you have access to it, the minute you've seen the new world, you would never go back," said, the chief executive of Openreach, Olivia Garfield as cited by The Guardian (opens in new tab).

According to Ian Watt, an expert at Enders Analysis, until and unless more funding is allocated for the project, the target of 90% coverage under super-fast broadband wouldn’t be a reality.

"It's more likely that high-speed broadband will be available to the centre of the village, for example to a school, library or post office," said Mr. Watt.

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