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An extension of BT's existing network could help the government to develop high-speed broadband in the UK.

According to the Guardian, the telecoms company has been in talks with ministers regarding the government's delivery of its Digital Britain plan.

The company has suggested that over 93 per cent of the population could have access to high-speed broadband if 'inexpensive modifications' are made to its existing network.

BT has told Communication Minister Lord Carter that this level of coverage could be reached thanks to ADSL2+ technology and improvements to home wiring.

It also asserted that remote areas could be connected via satellite broadband.

However, an insider at the company told the newspaper that "investment needs to be directed towards the most efficient solution and away from giving the mobile operators an unjustifed subsidy".

The source added: "The fixed line network not only provides the best solution, it is also open to all operators on an equal basis thereby fostering competition rather than strangling it."

Universal access to broadband of at least 2Mb is one of the main targets of Lord Carter's Digital Britain plan.

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