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Fibre to Claim 20 Percent of UK Broadband by 2013

Broadband analysis practice Point Topic forecasts a high rate of fibre adoption in the UK over the next five years. According to a recent study, 4m homes and business premises will be connected to fibre by 2013, around 20% of the 22m broadband lines in the UK. Overall cable penetration rates will be largely unaffected, claim analysts, with basic DSL being the biggest loser dropping its current 78% share to a mere 57%. 

The rosy looking figures are attributed to increasing political and business pressure for national commitments to improved broadband infrastructure. “This is probably the first moment when it has been possible to make a plausible forcaset for fibre in the UK, based on some real plans and activity,” said Point Topic’s chief analyst Tim Johnson.

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