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TalkTalk believes the UK has now established itself as a leading nation in terms of broadband and digital service provision.

The broadband provider believes that technological innovation and infrastructure spending has elevated the UK into the global elite.

David Goldie, Group Commercial Director at TalkTalk, commented that British consumers currently benefit from some of the lowest broadband prices and most innovative services in the world.

He claimed that the UK's focus on creating stronger competition in the broadband sector is now paying dividends.

"The telecoms market has undergone a complete transformation in the past six years," Mr Goldie stated.

"In broadband we've gone from being a laggard to a leader, with BT's monopoly status no longer hampering competition and innovation."

The UK now has attractive services, real choice and high adoption levels, he noted.

"Unbundled networks have been rolled out to over 90 per cent of the country and customers are paying on average over 50 per cent less for their broadband than they did in 2005 while getting speeds which are four times faster," Mr Goldie said.

"This is thanks to regulatory focus on promoting local loop unbundling (LLU) – where companies like us are able to install equipment into local telephone exchanges."

But Mr Goldie said the UK cannot afford to be complacent, particularly where the rollout of super-fast fibre broadband is concerned.

He suggested that, due to BT's prominent role in delivering fibre broadband infrastructure, the firm could well reclaim its monopoly status.

It is in the interest of BT shareholders to hamper and handicap any form of strong competition, Mr Goldie said, whether this is in terms of fibre broadband investors or wholesale broadband providers.

However, he expressed hope that the government and Ofcom will take the necessary steps to ensure healthy completion in the sector, meaning broadband consumers will continue to benefit.

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