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Authorities in the UK need to be more ambitious over plans to launch widespread super-fast broadband services, it has been suggested.

According to Elfed Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the i3 Group, the decision by Ofcom to describe the super-fast broadband benchmark as networks offering speeds over 24Mb is a concern.

He claimed that while such services would be an improvement on current networks, it would soon become outdated.

"To set the benchmark for super-fast broadband at this mediocre level is both dangerous and short-sighted. The UK deserves better," he explained.

"We only need to look overseas to see that we will be left far behind the rest of the world, which completely contradicts both the government's and its challengers' desire for the UK to be world digital leaders."

At the start of last month, i3 Group revealed that its H20 Networks division is collaborating with Pinacl Solutions on a project to bring fibre-optic broadband to York.

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