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Northern Ireland is blazing a trail for the rest of the UK where the rollout of fibre broadband services is concerned, it has been claimed.

In the 2012 Ofcom Communications Market Report, it was revealed that 94 per cent of households are capable of signing up for a fibre broadband deal.

Across the UK as a whole, just 60 homes are currently within reach of a fibre broadband network, although this figure is gradually rising.

Jonathan Rose, Director of Ofcom in Northern Ireland, said: "There are some striking figures in this report as highlighted by the availability of superfast broadband services.

"Significant investment by the Executive and the telecoms companies has put Northern Ireland in an enviable position."

He claimed that the widespread availability of super-fast fibre broadband is providing "significant opportunities" for consumers and businesses.

Last year, Derry-Londonderry became the first city in Ireland to offer 100 per cent fibre broadband coverage to homes and businesses. 

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