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The UK's transition to next-generation fibre-optic cable broadband network could have varying effects on businesses, according to the British Computer Society (BCS).

Speaking at the Joint Westminster eForum & Westminster Media Forum keynote seminar: Digital Britain, the BCS government relations spokesman warned that "nobody knows" exactly how the new technology will be utilised by British firms.

David Evans suggested that it would be hard to gauge the changes high-speed broadband internet would induce in the long-term, with some companies finding the transition brings them more benefits than others.

He commented: "When we do deploy infrastructure we will further expose many of our institutions and companies to the uncaring forces that have already turned so much upside down.

"Some won't survive the experience, but many others will be built or transformed."

Communications minister Lord Carter's Digital Britain report recently underlined the substantial investment which will be needed to fund the UK's fibre-optic broadband initiative.

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