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UK consumers will rush to adopt super-fast broadband deals over the next five years, an analyst has predicted.

According to Point Topic, there will be 10.5 million 24Mb+ broadband connections in the UK by 2016, with 60 per cent of subscribers having access to download speeds of 30Mb or more.

Many households and businesses are expected to swap their ADSL broadband connections for a fibre-optic alternative, in order to take advantage of faster downloading speeds.

Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, said it is "difficult to predict something which is expected to grow so fast" – referring to the UK's fibre broadband user base.

"But if the forecast is correct, the number of super-fast lines will grow 50 times over between mid-2011 and the end of 2016," he stated.

Mr Johnson acknowledged that the strength of demand is not yet there, but customers are becoming increasingly aware of the need for additional bandwidth.

"BT is doing better than we expected a few months ago," he added, referring to the firm's £2.5 billion UK fibre broadband deployment.

"Speeding up the rollout shows they are getting on top of the problems," Mr Johnson said.

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