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Ofcom - Newer ADSL2+ broadband services to cost extra

Ofcom has warned that forthcoming 'up to' 24Mbps ADSL2+ broadband services could cost extra because consumers would “have to pay to build [IT].”. Bizarrely the regulators comments appeared to confuse the current 'Next Generation' debate with existing ADSL2+ technology:

Speaking at a Video on Demand conference last week Jeremy Olivier, the regulator’s, head of convergent media said that ADSL2+ networks with at least a 24Mbits/sec connection were needed to deliver multimedia services, but consumers would “have to pay to build this.”

However, delegates at the conference heard that ISPs felt costs were currently prohibitive and there was not the consumer demand at the moment to build faster networks.

No doubt some ISPs will be forced to charge extra for 'up to' 24Mbps services, although several unbundled ISP's (O2, Be etc.) already offer ADSL2+ packages at very low prices. BT will begin a national rollout of ADSL2+ later this year, although it is by no means a solution to the Next-Gen problem.

ADSL2+ may offer speeds of ‘up to’ 24Mbps, yet due to the limitations of existing copper wire based infrastructure only a minority of people would ever achieve even close to that.

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