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The UK's fibre-optic broadband penetration continued to increase during 2012, it has been reported.

Data published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveals that super-fast broadband coverage increased by 172 per cent last year.

The UK achieved the third highest rate of expansion within the OECD, with only Luxembourg and Austria seeing faster annual growth in the number of fibre connections.

As reported by, the UK achieved 34.3 fixed broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants at the end of 2012.

This is compared to an average of 26.3 per 100 among the OECD membership.

However, the majority of UK broadband subscribers remain on ADSL (DSL) broadband, which is reliant upon slower copper connections.

UK service providers such as BT and Virgin Media have invested heavily in fibre-optic broadband in recent years, helping to boost average broadband speeds and access to super-fast broadband.

But according to the OECD, just five per cent of UK broadband subscribers had a full fibre connection at the end of 2012, compared to 66.72 per cent in Japan.

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