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UK businesses are benefiting in a number of ways from the use of super-fast fibre broadband, a study has suggested.

Research conducted by Plusnet indicated that 93 per cent of service users have seen their broadband speeds increase.

And 91 per cent have witnessed greater efficiency and productivity in the workplace as a result.

Of the companies which participated in a trial of Plusnet business broadband, 57 per cent said they had seen an increase in employee flexibility.

Some 67 per cent of those involved in the pilot claimed that broadband has become a more integral part of their business.

Plusnet found that 87 per cent would recommend super-fast business broadband to other companies, based upon their own positive experience.

The study showed that the main areas of improvement for firms were filesharing and downloading (58 per cent), and the use of cloud-based services (41 per cent).

Some 30 per cent of firms said they had been able to use virtual private network services more effectively, while 24 per cent benefited from the use of video conferencing.

Another 19 per cent improved their CCTV/security systems using fibre broadband, the survey found.

The Plusnet study suggests employees have welcomed the addition of fibre broadband, with 40 per cent reporting higher levels of job satisfaction.

Some 37 per cent said super-fast internet services had contributed to an improved work/life balance, since they are now able to work flexibly and make more time for hobbies and interests.

Plusnet's Chief Executive Jamie Ford noted that many of the fibre broadband trialists had discovered new and improved ways of working.

“With new working trends emerging, a quality internet connection is increasingly becoming a focus in the workplace," he stated.

"It enables a team to stay connected and work effectively, without being in the same building.”

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