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Ongoing investment in the broadband sector added to the "vibrancy" of the marketplace last year, it has been asserted.

An evaluation of the marketplace by Reportlinker suggests that growth in the sector is set to continue at least for the rest of the decade.

Assessing the state of play for the industry across Europe, the firm established that investment in high-bandwidth services has increased due to burgeoning client demand.

In news likely to be welcomed by users, the company asserts that competition "has also driven down the cost of broadband access" - although it warns that little scope remains for further cuts.

High connection speeds are set to be enjoyed to an increasing extent in the UK since the report highlights it as a key market in which cabling is receiving substantial funding boosts.

Most regions of the UK are also set to be migrated to BT's 21st Century Network (21CN) over 2008 and 2009, Reportlinker asserts.

However, last month the Times reported that BT was set to fail its £10 billion upgrade, since of the 350,000 lines in the pilot area set for transfer, "only a handful" had been changed.

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