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Fibre broadband adoption rates will continue to increase at a rapid rate over the next five years, it has been predicted.

Analyst firm Point Topic expects there to be 10.8 million super-fast connections across Britain by the final quarter of 2016.

This would represent a 28-fold increase on the number of fibre broadband connections in the UK during Q4 2011, the firm said.

According to Ofcom, almost two-thirds of UK households now have access to super-fast broadband services, and this proportion continues to increase as the likes of BT and Virgin Media extend their fibre footprint.

But at present, only around five per cent of premises have signed up to receive super-fast downloads, meaning there is strong potential for growth in their segment.

Point Topic said that as BT and Virgin Media build scale in premises passed and end-users sign up for their super-fast broadband services, some of the UK’s alternative network operators are "beginning to find their niche".

"Clearly not all altnets will be successful and questions remain concerning the long-term viability of alternative network operators as significant players in the country’s super-fast broadband future," he stated.

"Nevertheless there are circumstances in which their varied and localised approaches look set to bring super-fast broadband to individual communities that have often been struggling with access to even the most basic of broadband services."

Earlier this month, BT revealed that more than ten million homes and businesses now have the opportunity to sign up for its fibre broadband services.

At present, 550,000 have taken the opportunity to sign up for faster download speeds.

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