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Communications giant Cisco has offered support for the coalition government's current high-speed broadband strategy.

Following last year's general election, the Con-Lib government made a universal service commitment to provide nationwide 2Mb broadband connections by 2015.

Some critics have argued that 2Mb broadband may be obsolete in five years' time, however John Chambers, Chief Executive at Cisco, believes the UK is ahead of many of its European rivals on broadband investment.

He claimed that high-speed broadband is essential for the economic future of Britain, stating that the technology will offer true productivity to compete on a global basis.

"The UK government gets that, and the prime minister gets that, and the UK's commitment on broadband, when compared with other EU countries, is pretty large," he said.

"Cameron brings a lot of confidence to businesses and consumers, and is very articulate on the subject, particularly the challenges that exist around how to bring broadband to everyone in the country."

Labour had promised to deliver 2Mb broadband across the UK by 2012, however the coalition government, in pushing the deadline back, claimed that funding was never available to meet this commitment.

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