Businesses and consumers in the UK can look forward to far better average broadband speeds in the coming years, according to NTL:Telewest Business.
Andrew Beckhaus, head of business markets at NTL:Telewest Business London, told V3.co.uk that, while it is true that Britain currently lags behind when it comes to broadband speeds, the country is set for a change.
"We expect to see the UK rise up the charts for broadband speeds over the next two years and become one of the top broadband countries. People want high speeds from their broadband, and providers like ourselves are meeting these demands," he said.
This was echoed last week by Richard Thurston, an analyst at Analysys Mason, who also spoke to V3.co.uk about the country's current internet access position.
"Broadband speeds in the UK are on the verge of rising, and homes and businesses that receive the new broadband will see a vast improvement in their services," he said.
NTL:Telewest Business has already started rolling out 20Mbit/s cable modem services, and Beckhaus said that demand had been stronger than anticipated.
The company is also working on rolling out fibre connections of 50Mbit/s and testing even higher speeds to match the demand for next-generation broadband access as businesses begin using broadband connections to run a more effective service.
"The benefits of high-speed internet access for things like cloud computing and unified communications are becoming increasingly popular as IT managers look to use their networks more effectively and efficiently," Beckhaus said.
He argued that unified communications will be a key growth area for businesses in the next 12 months, but that cloud computing may not become fully realised until late 2010.
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