Superfast broadband

Superfast broadband is now just around the corner, as Virgin Media is planning on launching a 50 Mbps broadband package on its cable network towards the end of 2008; BT has announced that it will roll out broadband at speeds of between 40 - 100 Mbps to 10 million UK homes by 2012; and Virgin has said that it will be able to offer 200 Mbps speeds by 2012.

People who won't receive coverage of superfast broadband will also be able to connect at faster speeds than today, because BT is rolling out ADSL2+, which provides speeds of "up to 24 Mbps", to all of its telephone exchanges as part of its work in rolling out its new 21CN (21st Century Network) nationwide by 2010/11 — BT estimates that the majority of ADSL2+ users will be able to connect at speeds of over 10 Mbps.

There's also a Moore's Law-style prediction taking shape for Internet connection speeds in the form of Neilsen's Law, which states that:

 

"A high-end user's connection speed grows by 50% per year"