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Copper wire is starting to reach its limitations as a method of supplying broadband to homes in the UK, one expert has suggested.

Edd Dawson, managing director of Broadband.co.uk, says that many homeowners in the UK are still likely to see their internet use slowed by lagging broadband speeds.

He blames this on the copper wire networks and says that the sooner the UK completes its planned transition to fibre-optic technology, the better.

Mr Dawson commented: "As a lot of people who live at distance from their exchange and who can't get a Virgin Cable supply can still only dream of getting speeds anywhere near the "average" there is a huge way to go.

"There is only so far that speeds over copper wire can be pushed, at some point a replacement is required."

He added: "Fundamentally the UK needs to start moving to the next level soon."

Broadband.co.uk's recent speed tests saw Virgin Media take the number 1 slot in all three time periods for the second month running.

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