Around 175,000 UK households now have the option of signing up for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband, it has been reported.
Research conducted by the FTTH Council Europe revealed that full fibre penetration is slowly increasing in the UK.
However, as BT and Virgin Media largely focus on fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband and other hybrid solutions, the number of FTTH premises remains relatively low.
Currently just 13,000 UK homes are signed up for a 100Mb fibre broadband deal, the FTTH Council Europe stated.
"Incumbents know that copper is obsolete, but they want to hold onto their legacy infrastructure for as long as possible because they are making money from it," said Nadia Babaali, Communications Director at FTTH Council Europe.
"In order for the FTTH penetration rate to grow, we need the big operators to deploy it, but the regulatory environment also needs to ensure that investing in the infrastructure results in a competitive return for those companies."