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The roll-out of a next-generation fibre-optic broadband network in the UK would still make financial sense for BT, according to one expert.

David Allen of Tech Watch was speaking after BT chief executive Ian Livingston had suggested in an interview with the Guardian that the telecoms giant's shareholders had questioned the £1.5 billion super-fast broadband project in the face of the current recession.

Mr Allen said that BT had the chance to make its money back if the next-generation services prove to be as popular as expected.

He explained: "Last week there were some concerns among the shareholders in BT, who were unhappy with the capital outlay needed to roll out the super fast fibre broadband network during the current financial situation.

"However, while the shareholders in BT need a reasonable return on their investments, creating a fibre network would add value to the business and therefore the company too."

BT recently called on Ofcom to back the proposed UK-wide fibre-optic network by allowing the provider to make a return on its investment.

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