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Openreach has insisted its infrastructure can cope with potential increases in minimum speed guarantees from the government.

In last month's Queen's Speech, the government confirmed it is bringing forward measures to give every UK household a legal right to a fast broadband connection.

The Digital Economy Bill states that a minimum broadband speed of 10Mbps will be guaranteed through a Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO).

However, this minimum threshold could increase over time as demand for online services continues to rise, fuelled by trends such as more people working remotely and using streaming services.

Clive Selley, Chief Executive of Openreach, has therefore insisted it is taking a long-term view to ensure its infrastructure can accommodate any changes, SEENIT reports.

"As we design our solution for the 2020 timeframe we’ve got to be very mindful of the upgradability of it," he commented.

Indeed, he noted that during a recent trial of long-reach VDSL technology, most lines were pushed "way higher" than 10Mbps.

"I'm looking for solutions that don’t push those final few per cent [of lines] just over the 10Mbps boundary - that would be short-termist," Mr Selley said.

"I'm looking for solutions that would push, either in the first instance, well above 10Mbps, or through technology innovation over time could be expected to go well above 10Mbps."

Mr Selley went on to stress that Openreach is committed to offering a better service to customers in the future and drastically cutting the number of missed appointments.

He insisted that raising service levels for customers is "absolutely key" for the organisation.



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