Wednesday, February 16, 2011

UK - Rural areas will take some time to be reached by NG broadband networks according to BSG

[bcs] Getting the roll-out of next generation broadband right in rural areas will take time, it has been claimed.

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has said the fact that there is no precedent set for introducing the technology to rural areas mean it will take a longer period of time to get it right.

Antony Walker, chief executive of the BSG, said: 'I think that it means that this issue isn't being ignored, it's being taken very seriously and there's a lot of work going on, but it's complicated and there's a lot to learn still about what the best and most effective approaches will be.

'It's important to recognise that nobody's really done this before in terms of building out next-generation networks into challenging rural locations and therefore it takes time to work out how to get it right.'

The comments come after Wrexham MP, Ian Lucas, told PC Pro magazine that he is 'trying to press the government to pull its finger out' on a number of pilot schemes that have been created in order to pioneer next-generation broadband in the UK.

Rural next-generation roll-out 'will take time'

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