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The demand for high-speed fibre-optic broadband services in the UK will only be significant if the service becomes a vital part of working life.

That is the view of Nick Palmer MP, a member of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM).

Mr Palmer believes that the need for the provision of super-fast connections will depend on its influence in day-to-day activities.

He commented: "We need to distinguish between must-have applications where digital exclusion is a serious problem and applications that are nice to have and that most people would like to have.

"We need to try to get to the point where it helps an important part of people's work and at that point communities will begin demanding again, in the same way that they began demanding broadband."

Ofcom's recently-published Executive Summary on delivering super-fast broadband in the UK found that providing these new services will require investment either in new physical infrastructure or in new technologies, which is likely to depend on demand.

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