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Broadband suppliers that switch their offerings from copper-based to fibre optic services are more likely to benefit from long-term cost savings, which can then be passed on to the consumer.

Those are the findings of a new survey commissioned by Fiber to the Home Council Americas, which found that operational cost savings are around 20 per cent higher for broadband providers that have upgraded their networks to become all-fibre.

Though the study only included US companies, the report authors note that the cost benefits are universal, with respondents noting increasing interest in fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services, and cost savings resulting from far easier maintenance of networks.

Michael Render, President of market analyst RVA, which carried out the poll, said that companies are exploring means of boosting their FTTH provision to reach out to more people.

"Many are finding ways to upgrade to all-fibre because doing so reduces their maintenance costs and strengthens their opportunities to expand their subscriber base and offer customers more services," he added.

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