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UK Super-Fast Broadband Connections To Hit 600,000 In 2011

There will be a leap in the number of super-fast broadband connections rolled-out in the UK during 2011, analysts have predicted.

Telecom analyst firm PointTopic has predicted that the total number of telephone lines supporting super-fast broadband will rise from only 45,000 in 2010 to over 600,000 by the end of 2011, as BT and the UK government strive to update the country's broadband infrastructure.

The analyst also notes that by the end of 2011, 3 per cent of telephone lines in the UK will support super-fast broadband, offering speeds of more than 25 Mbps using BT's 40 Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) or its 110 Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises networks, ISP Review reports.

Tim Johnson, the chief analyst at PointTopic, said in a statement: “BT has to reach numbers like this to show that their investment in super-fast broadband is credible. They have to show both that the demand is there and that they have the technology to supply it. It’s going to be very exciting to see if they manage it.”