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Broadband provider Eclipse Internet has highlighted the importance of high-speed web services to UK businesses.

The internet service provider (ISP), which delivers broadband services using fibre-optic cables, believes high-speed broadband is vital if the UK economy is to mount a sustained recovery.

Clodagh Murphy, the ISP's Director, noted that the fibre services are ideal for businesses which have growing online demands.

As such, she predicted that the number of companies signing up for high-speed broadband deals will continue to increase in the short to mid-term.

"Super-fast fibre broadband is definitely a good, cost effective way for businesses to benefit from faster speeds and reliable connectivity," she stated.

"I certainly think that over the next couple of years, we will see the numbers increase dramatically as areas become enabled. That said, if it's not yet available, businesses need another option."

Ms Murphy suggested that line bonding may serve as a suitable alternative to fibre broadband in areas which are yet to be connected.

This technology allows customers to combine several standard lines and generate a greater combined speed, she explained.

"It really is important that customers can speak to their ISP and seek advice of the best solution for their business," Ms Murphy concluded.

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion rolling out fibre-optic broadband services across the UK, while Virgin Media is continuing to expand its own 100Mb broadband network.

And aiming to bring faster download speeds to rural areas, the government has established a £530 million fund for network investment in the countryside.

The government hopes to deliver high-speed broadband to 90 per cent of the UK population by 2015.

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