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Consumers should not believe that fibre-optic broadband services will provide them with unlimited services, according to a new report.

Ofcom's latest study, which has been compiled by Analysys Mason, states that as such networks are increasingly deployed, a range of practicalities and constraints are likely to lead to capacity being limited.

However, the regulator added that bandwidth will become cheaper over time, due to the "increasing market for equipment", and added that such issues will not be a problem "in the short to medium term".

It explained: "We have actually demonstrated how, even if the demand is twice as much as we expect, there is likely to be plenty of bandwidth available."

Recent figures published by Point Topic highlighted that BT is now leading the way in terms of fibre-optic broadband network deployment in the UK.

The study found that 1,250 of the 3,000 connections installed by the end of 2009 were linked to BT.

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