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More than 50,000 UK businesses and households are set to gain access to 1Gb fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband connections, it has been announced.

Broadband provider Fluidata has teamed up with Independent Fibre Networks Limited (IFNL) to create the new network, which will serve over 20 UK sites.

IFNL's open access fibre infrastructure will connect into Fluidata's national network to deliver ultra-fast broadband to end users.

The firms claim this represents the biggest-scale rollout of up to 1Gb FTTH in the UK to date.

Fluidata Managing Director Piers Daniell said the project is "a big step forward" and demonstrates that FTTH is a viable and sensible option for the long-term.

"It also shows that fibre can be commercially deployed on scale without government hand-outs, which complements the work we are doing in rural communities," he added.

Andrew Robinson from IFNL noted that his company has been deploying FTTH technology to new housing developments since 2008.

"IFNL is focused on providing the very best services to our connected businesses and homes," he added.

"We believe that our FTTH solution is 'state-of-the-art', the benefits of fibre stop where the fibre stops, which unlike most of our competition is in the home or business."

Mr Robinson said IFNL is "excited" to be working with Fluidata as this will help to increase retail competition on its network.

As such, customers will have greater choice and receive best value as well as super-fast speeds.

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