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BT's Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has insisted the company is committed to supporting the government in delivering a universal broadband speed that will enable more people in the UK to enjoy popular internet services. 

Mr Patterson said BT would offer its input in ensuring as many people as possible had access to speeds of between 5 and 10Mbps, which would be enough to enjoy services such as high definition video. 

However, he also said regulations and government policy also needed to create a supportive environment that would help to encourage viable commercial investment. 

BT has already made progress in helping to make progress on increasing broadband speeds by way of technologies developed at BT’s Adastral Park research laboratories, with a particular emphasis on providing coverage for many hard-to-reach premises.

The site has conducted industry-leading research that has included tests promising new technologies such as “wireless to the cabinet” and “long reach VDSL”, both of which have been touted as potential solutions to extending coverage. 

Other new technologies touted include a satellite broadband service, which could help to offer services to more remote locations across the country. 

Speaking about the future of the UK's broadband infrastructure, Patterson said: “For the past five years, the UK has been the largest digital economy in the G20, by percentage of GDP. We think the UK has an even brighter future ahead if we make the right decisions today."

His comments come amid the release of a report released by BT in conjunction with global telecoms adviser Analysys Mason, which suggests the UK will outperform a number of other major European countries in a range of measures over the next five years, becoming one of the best-performing countries worldwide by 2020.  

The report adds that over 78% of premises had access to superfast broadband at the end of 2014 in the UK, compared to 77% in Germany, the next best-performing country. 

And Mr Patterson added that BT is committed to ensuring the UK continues its progress.

He added: "We want to forge an ultrafast future for Britain and stand ready to help government deliver the broadband speeds necessary for every property to enjoy modern day internet services, such as high definition TV streaming and cloud computing."

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