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The UK has a long way to go in order to catch up with other nations' fibre-optic broadband development, according to a member of the Fibre to the Home (FttH) Council of Europe.

Speaking to Computer Weekly, Director General, Hartwig Tauber, said that despite BT's intention of connecting ten million homes with fibre-optic cable broadband services by the year 2012, Britain is still lagging behind many other countries.

Mr Tauber suggested that as FttH connections should be installed sooner rather than later, as this is the direction broadband connectivity is heading in.

He explained: "All the network operators know the end-game is to install fibre to the building and to provide at least a symmetrical 100Mb service (i.e. both uploads and downloads) with quality of service guarantees.

"When BT launched Openreach [its wholesale service], we [in Europe] thought the UK was ahead in installing next-generation networks. But it has not happened because the UK has been fixated on 2mb."

Communications minister Lord Carter recently defended his proposal of nationwide 2Mb access, indicating that it is important that no parts of the country are "left behind" in broadband development.

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