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Ofcom's recent report into the real speeds of UK broadband networks highlights the lack of ambition displayed by the Digital Britain report.

That is according to Murad Ahmed, a technology expert writing for the Times, who highlighted how the study revealed that no broadband customers subscribed to "up to" 8Mb deals actually receive 8Mb downloads.

He explained that technical difficulties - such as distances between households and exchanges and quality of wires - mean that it is impossible to ever receive the full speed promised by a broadband package.

In fact, many people are experiencing broadband speeds that are, on average, only half of what is advertised.

Mr Ahmed said that focusing on this lack of speed only serves to highlight the government's "lack of vision" concerning the future of UK broadband.

A day after Lord Carter announced plans to have 2Mb broadband to every home by 2012, a South Korean minister proposed a 1,000Mb service as standard by 2013.

"While the world moves its work and social lives to the web, we remain stuck, stuttering and staggering, on Britain's digital slow lane," Mr Ahmed concluded.

Ericsson recently suggested at its Business Innovation forum that the most successful cities of the future will be those to offer ubiquitous connectivity to broadband services.

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