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Just over 351,000 premises across the UK are now covered by true ultrafast fibre optic broadband (FTTH/P/B) services, reports have suggested. The connections, which are reportedly capable of delivering Gigabit speeds, have seen levels of coverage increase by around 100,000 compared to last year.

Data requested by ISPreview and official updates from major operators have suggested that fibre optic connection technologies, such as Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) and Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) solutions have both seen growth rates increase.

A report from ISPreview claims that because official figures from operators are often only released once a year, the real number of connections is likely higher than the 351,000 quoted. The site has even gone so far as to "guesstimate" that it could in fact be closer to 400,000.

When broken down, the data found that in November 2014 BT's native FTTP network passed 160,000 premises, with 85,000 in Cornwall alone.

Hyperoptic has been a big player in many urban areas, with coverage delivered to a reported 100,000 premises in February 2015, with a view to achieving 500,000 by 2018.

Meanwhile, Cityfibre has told ISPreview that it has now extended coverage to some 800,000 UK homes and businesses.

If true it means the operator is well on its way to achieving its target of covering one million UK premises in 20 cities by 2016; a goal it unveiled last year.

Meanwhile, Sky Broadband is also rolling out its own FTTH/P connectivity in a number of areas, with coverage including 5,000 premises in Woodville, Midway and the Swadlincote region of Derbyshire in England.

Virgin Media's cable network is also set to see expansion, combining with BT FTTx to cater for 17 million premises by 2020.

Both Virgin and BT are due to roll out 300-600Mbps capable broadband upgrades to the majority of their network footprints, although fibre optic is expected to be the end goal, with some experts predicting it could achieve speeds of 2,000Mbps or even 10,000Mbps in the future.




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