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The UK’s position as one of the world’s leading broadband-enabled countries is severely under threat unless major overhaul of the data centre infrastructure is made.

The news, announced by Alex Rabbetts, MD of data centre specialists Migration Solutions, warned that London is on the verge of running out of capacity.

"Unless there is concerted action London will run out of data centre capacity by 2012 … Emerging environmental regulation makes the construction of new space problematic and expensive, and the impending power demands needed to build the infrastructure for Olympic Games will be extraordinary. These factors will conspire to leave London with no spare data centre capacity for the growth envisaged by the Broadband Stakeholder Group or in the business plans of the network operators."

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (of which Top 10 Broadband is a member) has set a target for the UK to stay in the top quarter of broadband penetration by 2012, however the target is proving hard to hit with such major infrastructure upgrades needed.

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