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Nationwide broadband internet coverage with speeds reaching a minimum of 2Mb may not be enough to bridge the gap between Britain and other nations, one expert has highlighted.

Darren Waters of the BBC has drawn attention to the quicker connections enjoyed by those from the Far East and other parts of Europe.

Mr Waters warned that the 2Mb network proposed by communications minister Lord Carter in his recent Digital Britain report may not be sufficient to catch up with competing nations.

"Britain is widely seen as a bit of a laggard in the high speed broadband stakes when compared to countries like France, Sweden, Japan and Korea," he said.

"Many in the industry were hoping that Lord Carter would drive the adoption of high speed broadband by setting a much higher speed as the minimum for everyone."

The government could ensure every household in the UK has broadband access by extending the universal service obligation currently applying to phone lines to high-speed internet provision.

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