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According to a recent study by Ofcom wireless broadband is just not ‘cutting it’ as it cannot compete on technology or cost grounds against optical fibre systems.

The six month study undertaken by a group led by Playtek for Ofcom, was started to see the capabilities of wireless broadband as an alternative particularly for last mile communications to the home. It showed that wireless broadband severely lacked behind optical fibres (where the future may now lie), particularly has the need for increased broadband speeds continues to rise.

With the introduction of IPTV and more people getting HDTV the need for faster broadband speeds is ever increasing, regular ADSL will not be able to cope with the demands therefore broadband 2.0 is in development.

Having taken the ADSL out of the equation, the studies show that wireless broadband is leaning more towards mobile technology and is not attempting to challenge the problem of broadband 2.0 (increased broadband width).

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