The government has moved to clear up confusion over its definition of the term 'super-fast broadband'.
In the Broadband Delivery UK Glossary of terms, super-fast broadband had been described as "having a potential headline access speed of at least 20Mb, with no upper limit".
However, when Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has discussed super-fast web services in recent times, it has been in the context of 24Mb+ download speeds, reports ISPreview.co.uk.
The issue is particularly pertinent at present with broadband providers rolling out fibre broadband across the UK, and the government also investing in high-speed services for rural areas.
With the coalition aiming to ensure that 90 per cent of the population can access 'super-fast broadband' by 2015, it is necessary to establish what the actual target speed is – either 20Mb or 24Mb+.
Broadband Delivery UK has now changed its published definition, clarifying the point that super-fast broadband is deemed to have a potential headline access speed of "at least 24Mb".
However, ISPreview.co.uk believes super-fast broadband should be defined as "greater than 24Mb", in order to avoid confusion.
The website raised this technical point because ADSL+ networks – which rely on copper, rather than fibre-optic connections - are now capable of achieving a maximum speed of 24Mb.