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A dramatic increase in the number of telephone lines carrying super-fast, next-generation broadband services is expected in 2011.

Analyst firm Point Topic believes the total will increase from around 45,000 in the UK to more than 600,000 by the end of this year, driven by BT's investment in its national broadband infrastructure.

As a result, more households will be able to capitalise on advanced internet services, such as broadband-enabled TV and live web streaming.

Point Topic forecasts that three per cent of UK homes will be receiving broadband speeds of 25Mb or more by the end of 2011.

Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, said: "BT has to reach numbers like this to show that their investment in super-fast broadband is credible.

"They have to show both that the demand is there and that they have the technology to supply it. It’s going to be very exciting to see if they manage it."

The internet service provider is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading local telephone exchanges across the UK to support super-fast broadband.

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