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More fibre-optic broadband investment is needed across the UK, according to an IT expert.

Webro Managing Director Roger Webster said that while the construction of new homes and the laying of fibre cables is boosting broadband services, the slow take-up of such technology could cause major bottlenecks without additional investment.

He explained that the rise of applications including social networking and iPlayer have made the technology "especially important".

"The UK is hampered by the legacy of aging copper installations and needs to continue to push out the laying of fibre optic cables to bring super-fast broadband to as many homes, schools and businesses as possible," he added.

Mr Webster concluded that the UK should be "leading the pack" into this new "exciting digital age".

According to a recent poll by, 51.5 per cent of respondents would be happy to pay more for a 100Mb connection, even if they already have access to a reliable 10Mb service.

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