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The number of UK homes with access to super-fast broadband should pass the quarter-of-a-million mark by the end of April 2011, it has been claimed.

With BT and Virgin Media continuing to expand their respective fibre networks, analyst firm Point Topic expects there to be 250,000 homes with access to 25Mb downloads or greater by the end of the month.

This figure will amount to around one per cent of homes across the UK, although the rate of progress on super-fast broadband offers cause for optimism.

Point Topic Chief Analyst Tim Johnson drew an analogy with the original rollout of copper-based broadband a decade ago, suggesting fibre networks may grow at a similar rate.

"We went on from there to reach over 13 million broadband lines within five years," he noted.

"Now we have over 19 million. It's dangerous just to assume that history will repeat itself, but it's still a good pointer to what will happen to super-fast broadband in this decade."

BT has pledged to deliver super-fast broadband to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by 2015.

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