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New research has revealed that the UK is failing to keep up with other countries when it comes to the introduction of fibre-optic broadband.

The study by the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council revealed that the UK is not featured on a list of the 21 countries where over one per cent of households have such a connection.

Despite this, it was found that the number of FTTH customers worldwide grew by 15 per cent in the first half of this year, which equates to over 5.5 million new subscribers.

Discussing the findings, Karel Helsen, president of the FTTH Council Europe, said that Germany and France are also missing from the list.

He added: "We will therefore continue our efforts to communicate the advantages of FTTH to accelerate the deployment of fibre-networks in Europe."

TalkTalk recently announced that a residential customer has become its first to sign up to Fibre-to-the-Cabinet services through BT's current trial of the technology.

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