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The number of UK homes and businesses with access to ultra-fast broadband continues to increase.

According to latest figures from Point Topic, as seen by, 251,522 premises had access to full-fibre 100Mb broadband services at the end of July.

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This was up by 65,022 - or 34.9 per cent - on the 186,500 homes and businesses with access to such speeds 12 months earlier. explained that most of the growth over the last year has come from BT Openreach's fibre-to-the-premises network.

But other operators - including CityFibre, Hyperoptic and Gigaclear - are also offering 100Mb broadband in various parts of the UK.

The fastest speeds available to British households are currently via Virgin Media's cable network, which is capable of delivering up to 152Mb broadband.

However, take-up of premium, ultra-fast broadband packages remains relatively low in the UK.

The majority of fibre broadband customers are on slower tariffs, such as those available via BT's fibre-to-the-cabinet network.

Point Topic reported that 87.9 per cent of UK premises were within reach of a next-generation network at the end of July.

This means they have access to super-fast broadband speeds of 25Mb or above.

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