March 2020: When you lucky, lucky Brits will have a legal right to a minimum of... 10Mbps | 6/6/2019 | Staff
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Brit comms regulator Ofcom has revealed that the universal broadband service – previously known as the universal service obligation – will come into effect in March 2020.

Under its rules, eligible homes and businesses will have a legal right to demand at least 10Mbps download, and 1Mbps upload speeds from their ISPs – as long as their ISPs are either BT or KCOM.

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There's also a price requirement: this "affordable" package should cost no more than £45. For comparison, the same money will buy you 1Gbps in Singapore.

The funny thing is that the universal service obligation has been in the works since at least 2015, and the bandwidth targets have remained the same for four(!) years. 10Mbps was the figure pledged by David Cameron long before the horrors of Brexit. The UK has become one of the first countries to launch a 5G network – but the broadband target remains at 10Mbps.

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"As standards rise to include HD and 4K video and a growing number of smart devices on home networks, 10Mbps will not be fast enough for long," Steve Beeching, UK managing director for government systems at Viasat, told El Reg in an email. Viasat was among the companies bidding for the USO contract, but did not satisfy Ofcom's criteria.

"Even with a 'universal broadband...
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