Britain's broadband market will soon be providing customers with next-generation services, according to a senior government figure.
However, despite his confidence in the market, Lord Peter Mandelson told a broadband summit in London that next-generation access may need a helping hand.
"The market unaided will provide some of the next-generation infrastructure the UK needs," said Mr Mandelson.
But he went on to question: "But can we rest comfortably knowing that only half of British homes will have access to next-generation broadband over the next few years? I do not think we can be content with that."
Mr Mandelson did not discount the possibility of a government-led fibre network similar to the one which has been rolled out in Australia.