Az ultragyors internet nem szűkíti a digitális szakadékot – Ultra-fast broadband ‘will take too long to solve digital divide’
The digital divide cannot be solved by introducing superfast broadband to the UK, claims one campaigner for universal access. ABI Research last week published a report showing that the number of fixed broadband subscribers globally totalled just under 449 million at the end of the second quarter. This is a ten per cent increase on the same period last year.
In Europe alone there were more than 126.4 million subscribers, with growth slowing down in saturated markets.
Khin Sandi Lynn, research associate at ABI Research, said: "In mature European markets, operators are resorting to bundled packages including TV, fixed telephone and broadband service in order to maintain average revenue per user."
Commenting on the research, Graham Walker of the digital inclusion campaign Race Online 2012 said that the UK was in a very good position, but still had to address the digital divide.
Race Online was launched last month by dot com millionaire Martha Lane Fox, in a bid to get the remaining ten million people in the UK who have been online connected.
He said the British are "the most sophisticated internet users in Europe, with 58 per cent of our users having bought or sold – transacting – online".
However, plans to roll out faster broadband are simply not enough to get "millions" of unconnected households on line.
"The Manifesto for a Networked Nation has a vision of everyone in the UK being able to use the web. By the end of this parliament our ambition is that everyone of working-age should be online and that no one should then retire offline", Mr Walker commented.