Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the UK will have the fastest broadband of any major European country by 2015.
Freelancers and permanent workers with the essential engineering skills will be needed within the next three years to help with the government’s target, of bringing high-speed broadband to more than 90 per cent of the country.
Having a higher-speed broadband, which Mr Hunt has said will be greater than 24 Megabits per second, will benefit not just the engineers required to create this, but also the contractors who rely on the internet to carry out their business either from home or in an office.
Mr Hunt explained that the focus on high speeds is necessary for the UK’s network to remain competitive with others in Europe.
He said, “We simply will not have a competitive broadband network unless we recognise the massive growth in demand for higher and higher speeds.
“Today’s superfast is tomorrow’s superslow. Just as the last government was wrong to hang its hat on 2Mbps speeds, we must never fall into the trap of saying any speed is ‘enough’.”
“The reason we are backing Fibre To The Cabinet as a potential medium-term solution is simple: The increase in speeds that it allows – 80 Mbps certainly but in certain cases up to one gigabit – will comfortably create Europe’s biggest and most profitable high-speed broadband market.”