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Most homes in the UK will be able to take advantage of super-fast broadband in the next five years, BT has claimed.

According to the broadband provider, 90 per cent of UK properties should have access to advanced online services by 2016 or 2017.

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive at BT, also said the number of homes and businesses with access to 2Mb broadband will continue to rise.

He said the proportion unable to access 2Mb broadband will fall from 12 per cent to under two per cent within the next six years.

Mr Livingston commented that super-fast broadband can be "a catalyst for economic growth".

"We have recently recruited a further 800 engineers to help deploy it but it is what it can do for business that is so impressive," he stated.

"The government has been a great supporter in recognising that this type of infrastructure investment can drive the UK’s long term growth."

BT is currently in the process of investing £2.5 billion upgrading its UK broadband infrastructure from copper to fibre.

The firm is largely concentrating on urban areas of the UK, where the majority of potential broadband subscribers live and work.

Government funding is being used to rollout high-speed broadband in countryside areas deemed less commercially attractive by private sector service providers.

The Con-Lib coalition has made £530 million in public money available for high-speed internet services, which has been distributed by Broadband Delivery UK.

A further £300 million in government funding may also be made available during the next parliamentary term, depending on the outcome of the general election.

In addition, the government recently pledged to spend £100 million creating ultra-fast digital networks in ten major UK cities.

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