UK to boast Europe’s fastest internet by 2015, says Jeremy Hunt

UK to boast Europe’s fastest internet by 2015, says Jeremy Hunt

The UK is set to boast Europe's fastest broadband connection by 2015, according to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

He reiterated the government's aim of providing high-speed broadband – greater that 24Mbps – to 90 per cent of the country.

"We simply will not have a competitive broadband network unless we recognise the massive growth in demand for higher and higher speeds," Mr Hunt said.

"Today's superfast is tomorrow's superslow. Just as the last government was wrong to hang its hat on 2Mbps speeds, we must never fall into the trap of saying any speed is 'enough'."

He explained that the government has already started to look at the ways it will allocate the £300 million taken from the television license fee to provide high-speed broadband to a greater number than the existing target of 90 per cent of the country.

In the near future, the majority of the speed increase will come from the implementation of a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) system.

Mr Hunt's comments after a House of Lords committee criticised the government's obsession with increasing speeds above providing access to reliable broadband.