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UK ahead of European neighbours in fibre broadband race
The UK has been revealed as one of the frontrunners in Europe in terms of fibre optic broadband.
Fibre optic broadband coverage in the UK is now higher than Germany, France, Spain and Italy, according to a new report.
Government figures have revealed that rollouts all over the country have led to more than 1,000 next-generation cabinets going live.
The upgrades have come as part of the coalition's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, which has used public funds to provide fibre optic infrastructure to 273,731 properties - as recorded at the end of December.
Culture Secretary Maria Millar hailed the success of the project, claiming that the benefits will be felt in a number of areas, both socially and economically.
She said: "These figures prove that there is now a real momentum with thousands of homes and businesses getting access each week."
The cabinet member went on to detail the wider long term economic plan that is running alongside BDUK, stating that the superfast speeds that many business owners now have access to will be "instrumental in driving growth".