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Fibre-optic broadband is not necessarily the best option for households and businesses seeking high-quality, affordable web services, it has been claimed.

According to MLL Telecom, advances in copper broadband technology mean that traditional telephony networks are now capable of supporting the advanced services that customers desire.

As reported by ISPreview.co.uk, the business broadband provider said that Ethernet First Mile (EFM) technology, which uses local loop unbundling technology, is a great solution.

MLL Telecom claimed that, in some instances, EFM broadband is capable of providing the same download speeds as fibre-optic services, at half the price.

However, the costs of copper broadband services increase depending on the distance a home or business is situated away from the nearest telephone exchange.

Virgin Media is currently using fibre-optic technology to roll out 100Mb broadband across its UK network.

Last week, the internet service provider claimed that four million premises are now able to take advantage of its super-fast broadband network.

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