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Super-fast broadband is now available to almost three quarters of UK homes, it has been reported.

Research conducted by Ofcom reveals that 73 per cent of residential premises had access to super-fast internet services in June 2012, up from 65 per cent 12 months earlier.

And more than a fifth of UK households have chosen to upgrade their connection so far.

Ofcom noted that 22 per cent of broadband connections were super-fast in June 2013, up from ten per cent the year before.

This means 4.8 million households have now subscribed to a super-fast broadband deal, up from 2.1 million in June last year.

The study revealed that 650 million gigabytes of data were sent or received by UK internet users over fixed lines in June.

This was up by 26 per cent compared to 12 months earlier - potentially due to the growing popularity of connected TV services.

Ofcom expects this trend to continue as consumers invest in an increasing number of connected devices, which use Wi-Fi connectivity to access the internet.

Ed Richards, Chief Executive at Ofcom, said super-fast broadband is rolling out quickly across the country.

He explained that where fibre networks do not extend, 4G mobile broadband can help to plug the gap.

Indeed, super-fast mobile broadband should eventually reach 98 per cent of the UK population, Mr Richards claimed.

"This is really good news but there remain considerable challenges, not least in hard-to-reach areas for mobile and home internet services," he stated.

Mr Richards said consumers increasingly expect super-fast speeds, but they also want to be able to connect to the internet over a wide geographic area.

"That is why we are doing everything we can to support moves to improve coverage in difficult areas such as roads and train lines," he added.

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