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Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband is coming to the fore in terms of the rollout of next-generation networks in the UK, research has found.

According to statistics from research body Point Topic, the technology is becoming more prominent than its "less expensive little brother", Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC), with a large majority of high-speed connections being based on FTTP.

BT's announcement that it is to up investment in FTTP has also highlighted interest in the platform, while moving an estimated £200 million of funding away from the potential rollout of FTTC.

Tim Johnson, chief analyst at Point Topic, said: "When a major player under tight financial constraints decides to shift that much investment towards FTTP you have to take it seriously.

"It's got to be a pointer towards the way things are going."

H2O Networks recently announced plans to install super-fast fibre-optic broadband in parts of south-west Scotland, thanks to a new agreement it has signed with South Ayrshire Council.

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