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Broadband providers in the UK should begin to upgrade their networks to fibre-optic as quickly as possible, according to one internet news provider.

The Web Host Directory makes the point that providers should start creating the upgraded networks now in order to start reclaiming some of the huge costs related to civil infrastructure that the project would incur.

Comments were made in the wake of estimates form the Broadband Shareholder Group (BSG) which put the overall cost of a fibre-to-the-home broadband network across the UK at nearly £29 billion.

"Broadband providers are going to have to bite the bullet and upgrade to fibre-based networks," says the Web Host Directory.

Continuing: "Sure the technology is going to get cheaper, but the fixed costs aren’t going to change anytime soon. So the longer they wait, the longer they’ll have to wait to make their money back."

In assessing the costs of a UK fibre-optic network, the BSG cited rural areas as much more expensive to provide a service for.

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