The widespread adoption of next generation broadband across the UK will serve to boost many smaller businesses, though some firms may be left by the wayside, the British Computer Society (BCS) has predicted.

Just last month, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) set out its plans to ensure that the country secures a place as a forerunner in the burgeoning global digital economy, with its ‘Digital Britain’ report highlighting the importance of universal access to high-speed broadband and next generation networks.

However, while the implementation of such recommendations should enable a majority of UK businesses to compete in the modern global economy, David Evans, government relations advisor at the BCS told delegates at the recent Westminster Media Forum, that some firms may not be able to adapt to the new technology.

"When we do deploy infrastructure we will further expose many of our institutions and companies to the uncaring forces that have already turned so much upside down," he warned.

"Some won’t survive the experience, but many others will be built or transformed."

Despite the much-heralded benefits of next generation broadband, debates are still ongoing over whether the public or private sector should provide the majority of the necessary funding.