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The lack of competition in the UK's fibre broadband rollout could well hamper the progress of many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This is the view of XLN Telecom's Chief Executive Christian Nellemann, who says SMEs are "being lost in the increasingly complex national super-fast broadband project".

In an editorial for SmallBusiness.co.uk, he expressed concern at the fact only BT is rolling out rural fibre networks using the £530 million provided by central government.

"Our super-fast broadband rollout should not be monopolised by one provider," Mr Nellemann claimed.

"The government needs to understand that opening it up to competition will provide a better level of service and make it more cost effective for SMEs."

He claimed that BT does not understand the needs of small enterprises "as it's as far removed from them as it possibly could be".

"Other providers with records of supplying SMEs with quality broadband services should be tasked with providing super-fast internet connectivity," Mr Nellemann urged.

He said that in turn will give the UK's SME sector "the boost it so badly needs".

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