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As the government aims to deliver universal high-speed broadband, it must not forget about the importance of the data centre, one expert has claimed.

Speaking to Techworld, Marcus Jewell, UK and Ireland Country Manager at Brocade, explained there is more to the delivery of super-fast broadband then the deployment of fibre cables.

He said greater focus needs to be placed on ensuring the right networking equipment is used in the data centre.

Mr Jewell suggested that the government is "in danger of putting the cart before the horse" by failing to appreciate the importance of the underlying infrastructure.

"It's worrying that government and consumers seem to believe that broadband speeds are entirely reliant on the wire that delivers the service to the premises," he said.

"The current debate is about fibre-to-the-cabinet or fibre-to-the-home. Unfortunately, this ignores what is happening in the data centre itself, which is integral to the success of any broadband strategy."

In the UK, the government is initially targeting universal 2Mb download speeds by 2015.

But the European Commission wants all EU citizens to have access to 25Mb broadband by the end of the decade.

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