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The rollout of next-generation fibre-optic broadband networks should remain a focus for internet service providers, it has been urged.

According to Ofcom, it is important for internet service providers (ISPs) not to lose sight of their medium and long-term goals as they work towards the immediate target of 2Mb broadband for all.

The regulator's Head of Strategy and Market Developments Peter Phillips spoke at the Westminster eForum keynote seminar entitled Broadband for All? last week.

He suggested that for the rollout of super-fast broadband to be a success, ISPs will also need to lay the proper groundwork for implementing new networks.

"In little over five years, broadband has moved from being a niche product for technophiles to something which…many consumers regard as essential," Mr Phillips said.

"It is important that we collectively keep an eye on the medium-term goal, to make sure we create the right circumstances for the next generation of superfast broadband capable of delivering much higher speeds."

He cited the Business and Enterprise Select Committee's external inquiry into broadband speeds, which is investigating whether the 2Mb target is ambitious enough, as proof of the need not to lose focus on delivering next-generation broadband speeds.

Among the other topics discussed by those in attendance at the Westminster eForum the technical challenges facing the rollout of 2Mb universal broadband, various methods of stimulating broadband demand and the role of WiMax broadband technology.

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