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Ofcom has revealed that more homes and businesses in Britain are using some form of fibre-based broadband service.

Figures from the watchdog showed that 25,250,000 fixed residential and small business broadband lines were in place by the final quarter of 2016.

This is 2.2 per cent up on the amount recorded a year earlier.

Interestingly, the data showed that the proportion using fibre-based connections has gone up in recent months.

Whereas 44.83 per cent of lines used fibre technology at some stage between July and September, the figure stood at 46.32 per cent between October and December.

Ofcom data also revealed that the number of homes and businesses using ADSL-based copper broadband lines fell from 14,458,000 to 13,555,000 during the year to Q4 - a drop of 903,000.

The release of the figures comes after Ofcom told Openreach to cut the amount telecoms companies can be charged for accessing its network.

The watchdog believes a cap on wholesale superfast fibre charges would promote competition in the superfast broadband market, potentially enabling consumers to benefit from lower prices in the future.

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