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Ultrafast fibre broadband is likely to be a default feature in new homes, thanks to an agreement that has been struck between utility provider GTC and the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

The fibre network supplied by GTC offers speeds of 300Mbps now - and the network is ready for an upgrade to 1Gbps when higher speeds are required in the future.

A fixed line home phone service, discounted Sky TV packages and a wide range of broadband packages to choose from will also be available to new homeowners.

Deputy chairman of the HBF Peter Andrew acknowledged that good broadband speeds have become essential to the way people live and communicate in the 21st century.

"House builders have the challenge of ensuring their new homes keep pace with future advances," he commented.

Mr Andrew added that the service "exceeds these demands today, but importantly futureproofs new homes for the greater demands to come".

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