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An expert has claimed that the public sector will have to support efforts to provide fibre-optic broadband in rural areas.

Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, stated that such suggestions are "absolutely right", adding this is true for locations which are not even "terribly remote".

However, he went on to describe BT Openreach's latest announcement on the provision of fibre-optic broadband as "a very interesting pointer" towards the future of the technology.

The company is set to more than double the availability of its fibre services over the next few years, in an effort to ensure around 2.5 million UK homes and businesses are using Fibre-to-the-Premise technology.

Speeds of up to 100Mb will be available through the service, although it will be able to support faster connection rates in the future.

"One of the key things in that is that this could be a bit of a milestone. It's a big shift in policy by BT Openreach," Mr Johnson explained.

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