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More than a quarter of UK households have now signed up for super-fast broadband, it has been reported.

According to Ofcom, 26.7 per cent of broadband customers had signed up for fibre services by the end of Q1 2014.

This was an increase of 9.2 percentage points compared to one year earlier, highlighting the growing demand for bandwidth.

At the end of March 2014, there were 6.1 million super-fast broadband connections in the UK.

This was up by 58 per cent compared to Q1 2013.

In addition, an increasing number of consumers are signing up for 4G mobile services, with the total exceeding six million at the end of the first quarter of the year.

Ofcom revealed that 73 per cent of UK premises were within range of a 4G network, with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone all providing coverage.

In total, the number of households with internet access increased from 80 per cent to 82 per cent between Q1 2013 and Q1 2014.

Fixed broadband adoption rose by one percentage point to 73 per cent, while mobile broadband increased from five per cent to eight per cent of the population.

The government is aiming to ensure 99 per cent of UK premises have access to super-fast broadband by 2018.

It has provided funding to support the rollout of fibre services in rural parts of the UK, complementing the commercial network rollouts undertaken by service providers such as BT and Virgin Media.

The European Commission has also outlined targets for super-fast broadband coverage.

It wants every household in the European Union to have access to speeds of 30Mb by the end of the decade, with at least 50 per cent able to download at 100Mb.

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