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UK households and businesses are embracing super-fast broadband at a faster rate than those in the majority of other countries, a study has indicated.

Research conducted by Ofcom showed that 15 per cent of fixed broadband connections in the UK were super-fast at the end of 2012.

This was the highest proportion among the EU5 countries - the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

It was also the fourth highest among Ofcom’s comparator countries, with only the Netherlands (35 per cent), Sweden (29 per cent) and Australia (20 per cent) having higher levels of take-up.

With infrastructure providers such as BT and Virgin Media continuing to invest in their fibre networks, and the government's BDUK rural broadband rollout increasing access to next-generation networks, super-fast broadband coverage is gradually increasing in the UK.

At present, around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses are able to sign up for a super-fast deal, although the government is targeting near-universal coverage by 2018.

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