Huawei Report Identifies Challenges For Superfast Britain

31 October 2012 17:53:00

ICT vendor Huawei has published a report assessing the possible impact of superfast broadband on Britain's economy over the next five years. It lists several issues that must be addressed in order to fully capitalise on the purported benefits of high-speed internet.

One of the key concerns highlighted by the report's editor, Denis McCauley of the Economist Intelligence Unit, is the shortage of digital skills in the UK workforce.

“For many of the anticipated benefits, it is less a case of the pipe needing to change and more that of established systems, working practices and skills needing to evolve if high-speed data connections are to be utilised to their full potential,” he said.

In addition, McCauley argues that widening the provision of basic broadband – to include older people and those in remote locations – could have an ever greater impact than simply improving the service in urban areas.

Victor Zhang, Huawei UK's chief executive, said access to broadband has never been more important. He added that Huawei's recent £1.3 billion investment in the UK is evidence of its commitment to improving the efficiency, speed and capacity of internet networks.

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