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Providing the whole of the UK with access to 2Mb broadband may seem like a tall order, but one industry expert thinks it is doable.

Steve Robertson, Chief Executive of Openreach, believes that 99 per cent of the UK could affordably receive high-speed internet.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Robertson said that Openreach has the "opportunity" to help deliver broadband to the majority of the country.

While some government funding will be required the amount will not be as high as some might expect, he said.

Mr Robertson commented: "The last percent or so becomes very expensive, but up to 99 per cent it is not going to break the bank. We are talking about hundreds of millions, not billions.

"There is probably a very, very small rump where it becomes very, very difficult, but I do not think it is particularly easy for the mobile guys to reach them either."

Openreach is a division of BT. Launched over three years ago, it is responsible for monitoring the UK's phone lines.

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