London, United Kingdom, September 13, 2017 –(PR.com)– A new online ISPreview.co.uk survey of 1,700 internet users in the United Kingdom, which was conduct between 13th July and 4th September 2017, has found that 83% of respondents support the Government’s plan to introduce a minimum national broadband speed of 10Mbps (Megabits per second) via a legally-binding Universal Service Obligation (USO), although 78% feel as if the minimum should have been set at the “superfast” rate of 30Mbps.
It’s widely expected that the bulk of the USO will be delivered via fixed line broadband networks (e.g. KCOM and BT), although the Government has previously hinted that Fixed Wireless and Satellite technologies could also play a role. The survey found that 60% of respondents supported the potential inclusion of fixed wireless networks, but approval drops to just 28% for Satellite.
Mark Jackson, ISPreview.co.uk’s Founder, said, “Today around 93%+ of premises in the UK are estimated to be covered by a so-called ‘superfast broadband’ network offering 24Mbps or greater of download speed and this should reach around 98% by around 2020. The plan to implement a new USO will thus primarily cater for those in the final 2% and should be welcomed, but the majority clearly wanted the Government to set its performance ambition far higher.”
“The delivery of a 10Mbps USO will certainly be hundreds of millions of pounds cheaper to roll-out than 30Mbps, although it’s feared that the final policy may also overlook other important aspects of service such as the need for a fast upload speed (very important for social network apps and the cloud etc.) and fast connection latency.”
“The government should also be careful about adopting quick-fix USO solutions like Satellite, which appear to lack wide public support and suffer from problems with slow peak-time performance, small or expensive data allowances and painfully slow latency.”
“On the other hand there are some extremely remote areas where Satellite may truly be the only viable option (this technology is predicted to focus on around 0.3% of UK premises), although this will be no good for today’s world of heavy video streaming where the average 10Mbps+ residential connection gobbles 153GB per month (Ofcom data) and rising,” concluded Jackson.
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