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Providing the whole of the UK with broadband capable of at least 2Mb is a sensible move by the government, according to research firm Point Topic.

The government intends to make sure that every British household and business has access to the technology by 2012 and will use wireless and mobile broadband to reach areas unable to receive ADSL.

Some commentators had criticised the move, pointing to the fact that 2Mb is not fast enough, considering Virgin Media currently offers 50Mb and the South Korean authorities are looking into providing 1Gb.

But Point Topic chief analyst Tim Johnson said his firm "strongly support" the proposals.

"We believe that investing to deliver 2Mb could provide the platform for full next-generation broadband in areas where it wouldn't otherwise happen for many years," he said.

Mr Johnson added that providing a universal service obligation for 2Mb will mean that companies which had been reluctant to invest in certain areas of the country may feel inclined to do so - bringing with them the infrastructure needed for higher speeds.

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