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Almost two-thirds of households and businesses in the UK now have access to super-fast broadband services, it has been claimed.

Research conducted by Ofcom reveals that 65 per cent of premises are passed by a network capable of delivering download speeds of 25Mb.

This means they have the option of upgrading from slower ADSL broadband or other fixed-line internet services such as dial-up.

However, at present just seven per cent of homes and businesses have signed up for super-fast broadband, Ofcom reported.

This means there is plenty of potential for broadband providers to up-sell over the coming years - delivering faster speeds to internet users.

Average broadband speeds are increasing in the UK, with Ofcom's report pointing to a 69 per cent rise over the last 12 months alone.

The media regulator claims the average speed of a fixed-line internet connection is now 12.7Mb, compared to 7.5Mb in 2011.

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