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UK broadband quality improving steadily

Alex Scroxton
The quality of broadband connections across the UK has shown steady improvement during the past 12 months as BT and the government continue to press home the advantages of fibre technology, according to Cisco's annual Broadband Quality Study.

2010 marks the third year Cisco has conducted its survey alongside Oxford's Said Business School, measuring download and upload throughput, as well as latency, to build a global picture of network quality.

Although still lagging markedly behind countries such as Japan and South Korea, as well as many of its European neighbours, the UK showed vast improvement across the board in the past 12 months, with download speed up 39%, upload speed up 17%, and latency down 28%.

Cisco said that UK-based ISPs had upped their game to the extent that Britain is now in a position where it was able to adequately cope with the demands of today's web-based applications.

However it added that work still needed to be done to build on the country's infrastructure and cope with evolving demands on the network, such as the growth in high-definition TV and other video applications. Cisco itself recently unveiled its first consumer telepresence product.

"The aim of the study is to highlight the link between readily available, high-quality broadband access and innovation economies, and hence the very real role that service providers, countries and cities play with their strategic policies and investments in advanced networks and services," said Cisco senior director Fernando Gil de Bernabe.

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