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UK government proposes switching off copper phone network

Charlotte Jee | Aug. 13, 2014
Consultation seeks views on future of internet, television and phone networks from 2020 onwards.

techUK said the government should assume that the increase in demand on data networks will "be substantial into the foreseeable future". It added that the introduction of new applications such as driverless cars "will mean that low and ultra low latency will increase in significance."

However cloud and networking firm Exponential-e was less impressed by the proposals. The firm's chief technologist Steven Harrison said that the focus should be on universal access to high broadband speeds over switching off the copper network.

He said: "For the UK to remain competitive, digital plumbing is essential for every home and business. Suggestions of switching-off the copper telephone network are skirting around the real issue; providing universal access to high-quality, high-speed broadband across all areas of the country.

"For the regulator to specify specific technologies or transmission mediums is a step in the wrong directionthe regulator's focus should remain firmly on the services that need to be delivered in 2020 and operators should be free to select the technology that makes most sense - which in some areas could be fibre, wireless or copper."


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