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There were 186,500 full-fibre broadband connections in the UK at the end of June 2013, one analyst firm has claimed.

According to Point Topic, there were fewer fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) lines than was reported by the FTTC Council Europe at the end of 2012, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

Back in December, the council claimed there were 199,000 FTTP connections, but Point Topic thinks the actual number is still significantly fewer.

In most instances, UK premises with super-fast broadband take advantage of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) solutions, which use a copper link between the user premises and their nearest street cabinet.

Where FTTP is in place, fibre is used between the telephone exchange and street cabinet, and the street cabinet and user premises.

Earlier in 2013, Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive at Point Topic, commented that it is "super-expensive" to deploy FTTP broadband lines.

As such, few operators have committed to large-scale rollouts of the technology in the UK so far.

Mr Johnson said that FTTP used to be the only option for super-fast connections, but the emergence of copper/fibre FTTC hybrids means this is no longer the case.

"End-users still get the speeds they FTTP for everyone," he added.

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