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Broadband speed and service availability are equally important to UK consumers, it has been claimed.

One of the main issues addressed by the government's Digital Britain report, due to be released today (June 16th), is likely to be the provision of total broadband coverage offering all households speeds of at least 2Mb.

However, the i3 Group, which has installed 100Mb fibre-optic broadband networks in waste water tunnels in Bournemouth and Dundee, suggested that services enabled by faster broadband are as important as the speeds themselves.

For this reason, Elfed Thomas, Chief Executive of the company, warned that 2Mb infrastructure requirements laid out by the Digital Britain report may quickly become insufficient for future services.

He said: "Though the speed of the network is important, we seem to be once again focusing on the consumer demands of today rather than what is going to be needed in the future.

"By the time the consumer is demanding next-generation services the infrastructure is once again incapable of supporting delivery."

Earlier this week, BT Openreach suggested to the Guardian that the whole of the UK could be provided with 2Mb broadband without the need for as much government investment as many have suggested.

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