With retail, housing and even hi-tech grinding to a bit of a halt in recent months, most commentators would agree that 2009 is going to be a slow year.
But in the world of broadband things should be speeding up significantly.
Both BT and Virgin Media will kick-start their plans for next generation access in the UK in 2009.
Virgin Media will upgrade its cable network to deliver speeds of up to 50Mbps (megabits per second) during the first six months of 2009. In addition, BT will start its £1.5bn investment in fibre which will eventually see 40% of the country enjoying speeds of up to 60Mbps.
But not all commentators are convinced that the flavour of broadband on offer from BT and Virgin Media will be enough to satisfy the evolving appetites of users.