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Network Rail has dismissed rumours of a possible sale of its infrastructure, but said capacity on its fibre optic network could be sold on a wholesale basis.

Publications including the Financial Times had reported that the organisation was looking at selling its fibre network that runs alongside railway lines across the country.

Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Vodafone were understood to be among the companies who were keen to use the rail infrastructure to expand their own national telecoms networks.

However, Network Rail has since confirmed that a sale along these lines is not on the agenda.

Speaking to TechWeekEurope, a spokesman said: "We are not selling our telecoms network.

"However, we do have unused capacity in our fibre optic network."

As a result, Network Rail believes selling this capacity to telecoms companies could be "commercially sensible".

"We don’t need it and they do," the spokesman commented.

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