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The UK has seen a significant rise in the number of fibre broadband subscriptions between June 2012 and 2013, it has been reported.

Figures published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveal a 172 per cent rise in super-fast broadband adoption over this 12-month period.

Among the 34 member countries surveyed, Mexico saw the fastest rate of fibre broadband take-up, with Luxembourg in second place.

The UK witnessed the third-fastest growth of all the OECD countries, suggesting the network upgrade investments made by broadband providers such as BT and Virgin Media are finally paying off.

UK businesses and households are also benefiting from a number of local infrastructure projects - designed to deliver super-fast connectivity in rural areas.

The OECD found that Chile saw the fourth-fastest rate of fibre broadband growth between June 2012 and 2013, with New Zealand in fifth.

Australia, Austria, Spain, Turkey and Switzerland completed the top ten.

At the other end of the spectrum, Ireland, Belgium and Greece actually lost fibre broadband customers during the study period, with the three nations reporting negative subscriber growth.

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