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The UK's broadband infrastructure does not compare favourably to those constructed in other countries around the world, it has been claimed.

In an attack on current broadband provision, Ofcom warned that the UK risks being left behind on next-generation network access.

The media regulator explained that fewer than one in 50 households had access to super-fast broadband deals at the end of 2009, considerably fewer than in many other countries.

For instance, 34 per cent of Japanese homes were receiving next-generation web services at the end of last year, Ofcom noted.

Just one per cent of UK households can currently access 100Mb download speeds, the regulator added - although this figure could increase over the coming months as Virgin Media launches its new fibre-optic network.

"We still have challenges on superfast broadband take-up," said Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards.

"[The UK] is not where it wants to be but plans are well under way and, if they are fully met, will take us to a strong position."

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