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The Japanese vice-minister for communications has advised that if the UK is to reach its targets for offering high-speed broadband throughout the country, the government must set a firm date for implementation.

Speaking at an address to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Mr Kiyooshi Mori said that the UK needs to follow by Japanese example in providing high-speed broadband, reports Computer Weekly.

85 per cent of Japanese residents already have access to ultra-fast 100MB broadband connections, with complete coverage expected by 2010, he said.

ICT communications account for around 40 per cent of Japan's gross domestic product and the Japanese parliament introduced price competition policies to encourage a lowered cost for end users.

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), which is responsible for improving access in Britain, states that significant gains have already been made in the UK market.

There are now 13 million connections across the UK and overall speeds are rising while the average cost to the consumer is falling, BSG states.

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