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The UK is at risk of developing a two-tier fibre broadband infrastructure, according to one service provider.

Nick Thompson, Director of Consumer Services at KC, said the different fibre strategies being adopted by major broadband providers will leave some urban areas with inferior download speeds to others.

While any area served by fibre broadband will have access to super-fast downloads, the speeds achievable depend on whether fibre is deployed to a street cabinet or direct to end-user premises.

Mr Thompson explained that fibre-to-the-premises broadband - which currently provides speeds of around 100Mb - is superior to fibre-to-the-cabinet - which delivers around 40Mb.

"With FTTC deployment, those who live over 1.5kms away from their closest exchange may see little improvement to their download speeds," he stated.

"2012 looks set to be a critical year for developing the UK’s broadband infrastructure."

Virgin Media, BT and KC are among the broadband providers currently rolling out fibre broadband networks in the UK.

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