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BT's rollout of super-fast fibre-optic broadband is continuing apace across the UK, it has been reported.

The telecoms giant has now passed ten million homes with its next-generation network, enabling homes and businesses to take advantage of faster download speeds.

This amounts to 40 per cent of UK households, meaning BT has achieved its initial coverage target earlier than expected.

BT acquired a net 131,000 subscribers to its super-fast broadband service during the first three months of 2012.

As such, the total number of customers subscribing to BT Infinity reached 550,000 by the end of March, demonstrating continued demand for fibre services.

The wider adoption of super-fast broadband is also helping BT to attract new customers to its IPTV service - which users an internet connection to deliver online TV content.

BT Vision added another 28,000 subscribers during the first three months of the year, slightly down on the 39,000 who signed up during Q4 2011 - a quarter which included the busy Christmas period.

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive Officer at BT, said the firm is continuing to grow, boosted by the popularity of super-fast fibre broadband.

"We have now passed ten million homes and businesses with our fibre roll-out. This is many months ahead of schedule and brings the benefits of super-fast broadband to families and businesses in cities, towns and rural areas across the UK," he stated.

"We remain the leading provider of broadband in the UK and over half a million customers are already taking our fibre-based BT Infinity product."

BT is investing £2.5 billion around the UK upgrading its broadband infrastructure to deliver super-fast download speeds.

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