Tuesday, December 25, 2007

UK - High speed broadband

French company chosen to develop 50Mb broadband network

A French company has been chosen to provide a fibre broadband network to 600,000 homes in South Yorkshire, in a project that could precede a nationwide next generation fibre network.

Next generation broadband has been the talk of 2007, with Government ministers keen to keep up with neighbouring countries by developing ever faster broadband connections.

Now Thales, a French defence and engineering group has been chosen to oversee a project that will match the speeds of up to 50Mb currently on trial by Virgin Media.

The project will involve replacing the old copper wires used by ADSL providers with much faster fibre optic cable - currently deemed too expensive to do on a national basis.

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