BT’s chief executive Ian Livingstone spent Friday’s Digital Britain forum defending BT. In a lengthy speech, he explicitly addressed claims that BT is dragging its heels over the roll-out of the UK’s fibre optic network.
The crux of Mr Livingstone's argument was that demand for super fast broadband is scant, meaning that the huge investment being demanded of BT is not justified. We can see his point. There can’t be too many people prepared to upgrade their broadband connection in the current climate.
However, where we part company with BT's top man is in his claim that there are currently insufficient applications that require the download speeds that fibre optic broadband networks can deliver.
That might be so, but surely this is a chicken and egg situation? Until super fast broadband is more widespread, what incentive is there for companies to develop advanced, innovative apps to take advantage of it?