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Despite the relatively limitless potential of fibre-to-the-premises broadband, there is not yet any need for Gigabit-capable connections, it has been claimed.

Speaking to PC Pro, BT Openreach Chief Executive Steve Robertson said the current market-leading 100Mb speeds were fast enough to support present consumer activity online.

He commented: "There is no piece of computer premises equipment that is even remotely on the drawing board that could even begin to consume a Gigabit. Not even close to it.

"Even the most advanced high definition experiences don't consume 100Mb, never mind a Gigabit. I don't see the market requirement for it."

However, Mr Robertson claimed that as soon as sufficient demand for 1Gb broadband services can be demonstrated, BT will look at providing it.

He predicted there will be a need for faster speeds in the future, but said it could take "a long time" for this to materialise.

Internet service provider BT is currently investing £1.5 billion upgrading telephone exchanges across the UK to support faster broadband speeds.

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