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BSG publishes costs of super-fast broadband

September 8, 2008

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) – the UK government's advisory group on broadband – will this week publish a report on the costs of deploying The report, produced by Analysys Mason for the BSG, sets out the costs of the various technology options in detail and explains how those costs mount up as fibre is pushed out across the country. It suggests that rolling out fibre nationwide would cost between £5.1 billion (E6.3bn) and £28.8 billion (depending on the technology used) and that the costs of deploying in rural areas will far exceed the costs in urban areas.

"This is the most comprehensive analysis produced to date on the costs of deploying fibre in the UK", said Antony Walker Chief Executive of the BSG. "The scale of the costs looks daunting but the report does shed light on how some of these costs can be reduced and what the likely extent of commercial rollout will be. It should focus minds of commercial players, policy makers and regulators on the potential solutions to these challenges."

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