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Fibre-optic broadband can help transform the UK into a truly digital Britain, it has been suggested.

Speaking to ISPreview, Adrian Kennard, of niche internet service provider Andrews & Arnold, said "the obvious answer for proper next-generation access is some sort of fibre to the home or close to the home".

He commented that fibre can scale to massive amounts of bandwidth, more than radio will ever be able to support.

Mr Kennard added: "Proper next-generation broadband is not 2Mb, but needs to address the levels of bandwidth that a person can consume and will consume over the next few decades."

"This sort of investment has to be able to handle a few decades to be viable," he suggested, calling for greater speeds than those promised in the government's Digital Britain report.

Published late last year, the report called for a universal minimum of 2Mb broadband to be provided across the UK by 2012.

However, various commentators, including internet service providers, have accused the government of lacking ambition in its broadband vision for the future.

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