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Fibre-optic broadband is ideal for businesses that wish to send and receive data as efficiently as possible, says BT.

BT recently announced plans for the UK-wide deployment of a 100Mb fibre-optic broadband network reaching over 10 million addresses at a cost of over £1.5 billion.

Speaking to Crain's Manchester Business, BT spokesman Mike Bartlett, has stressed the benefit a fibre-optic network will have for business in Britain.

He commented: "It's for people who need to send a lot of data very quickly, very securely and very reliably.

"If you're trying to send massive files to a different office on a copper network, you can have problems. With a fibre network, that can happen pretty much instantly."

Virgin Media has a 50Mb service - trialled in September 2007 - planned to be rolled out by the end of the year.

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