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The implementation of a high-speed fibre-optic broadband network reaching around the UK could be vital for the future, the British Computer Society (BCS) has stressed.

David Evans, the BCS government relations representative, told the Joint Westminster eForum & Westminster Media Forum keynote seminar that the widespread installation of fibre-optic UK broadband is a must.

He explained that the operation could be looked back on in years to come as a great accomplishment of the generation.

"No matter how we dress this up, large-scale optical fibre deployment needs to take place," said Mr Evans.

He continued: "It's perhaps apt to make comparisons, as people have done, between next generation access from now and Victorian achievements such as national railway, sewage and telegraph infrastructure."

According to Ofcom's Executive Summary of a super-fast network, 58 per cent of households in the UK currently receive services from broadband suppliers.

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