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The number of fibre-optic broadband connections across Europe has now topped two million, according to a new study.

Research by the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council Europe has shown that home broadband delivered by FTTH has increased by 18 per cent across the continent compared to the last survey towards the end of 2008.

The council claims the growth in figures matched previous predictions which were revised due to the economic downturn, but added that it anticipates 13 million people across Europe could access fibre-optic broadband with speeds of at least 100Mb by 2010.

The study found that Sweden, Norway and Slovenia were the top three nations for embracing fibre-optic broadband in the home, while the UK has yet to break into the top ten on the list.

Recent data in the Ofcom Telecommunications Market Data Tables showed there are now 17.6 million broadband connections in the UK.

This figure was 1.6 per cent up at the end of the first quarter of 2009 compared to the final three months in 2008.

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