The UK Government’s CFO (George Osborne, full job title Chancellor of the Exchequer) today announced some interesting proposals around designating ten UK cities as internet broadband mega-cities, which will guarantee 80-100 megabits per second wired connections as well as citywide high speed mobile connectivity. The UK already has £830M set aside in this parliament for broadband improvements, the extra £100M almost rounds the UK up to a neat £1Bn investment in improving internet communications.
Personally, I’d just be grateful to be out of the single digits – my home broadband has actually gotten slower, not faster, in the five or so years I’ve had it – and today it crawls along barely above one megabit like some snail on Mogadon.
I’m not sure if it exists, but I’d love to see a chart showing various countries GDP stats and along with their average national broadband speed – if there isn’t a correlation, I imagine there soon will be.
Update (from Rod)
Gary I couldn’t resist posting my speed test result from my shed in the colonies.
Unfortunately in New Zealand our international connections let us down so Fibre to the Home doesn’t feel any faster than good ADSL+.
(UK people wanting to experience fibre and mountain biking after work we do have jobs available in NZ http://xero.com/careers)