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The rate of progress on the UK's full-fibre broadband rollout slowed during 2013, it has been reported.

According to the FTTH Council Europe - which advocates the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology - there are still only 234,000 UK premises with access to ultra-fast services.

This was up from 199,000 at the end of 2012, reports

BT is continuing to focus on fibre-to-the-cabinet technology, which is less expensive to deploy and therefore viewed as more commercially viable.

The telecoms giant is installing the faster FTTH technology in only a limited number of locations.

A number of smaller broadband providers - such as Hyperoptic, B4RN, KC and CityFibre - are introducing FTTH services in some areas, but not on any great scale.

So while the number of premises with access to FTTH is gradually increasing in the UK, the network growth rate is not.

The FTTH Council Europe reported that fewer than one per cent of UK broadband customers have access to a full-fibre broadband deal at present.

And even fewer have actually signed up to receive FTTH services.

In terms of FTTH coverage, the UAE is leading the way with 75 per cent, ahead of South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Lithuania and Sweden.

Latvia, Norway, Russia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Denmark and Portugal come next, with no sign of the UK or Germany in the top 35.

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