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Full fibre is unlikely to be the answer to the European Union's (EU's) broadband coverage conundrum, it has been claimed.

The European Commission wants every EU citizen to have access to super-fast broadband by the end of the decade, and for 50 per cent of the population to have the option of 100Mb services.

But Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive at analyst firm Point Topic, believes alternatives are needed to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband.

He said that while FTTP broadband is super-fast, it is also "super-expensive" to deploy.

"Operators would need a level of subsidy to achieve complete coverage with fibre that’s way above any commitment the EU was prepared to make," Mr Johnson stated.

"Even if the Connecting Europe Facility had stayed intact it was going to be shared with other solutions."

He noted that, a few years ago, FTTP was the first and only choice for anyone who wanted super-fast broadband.

But now cable and fibre/copper hybrid solutions - which are cheaper to roll out - are achieving strong growth, Mr Johnson stated.

"End-users still get the speeds they want, but many more get access to super-fast than we could afford if we were insisting on FTTP for everyone," he added.

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