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The number of UK premises passed by ultrafast fibre optic broadband services has passed the one million mark, new estimates suggest.

According to research by ISPreview.co.uk, 1.08 million premises now have access to fibre technology capable of delivering speeds of 1Gbps. This is up from 779,006 in 2016 and 351,642 in 2015.

As a result, ISPreview.co.uk believes the figure will continue to surge in the next few years.

"One thing is abundantly clear this year," the publication observed.

"Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services are finally crawling out of their expensive niche and starting to go mainstream."

The publication highlighted Openreach as "the biggest influence" on the overall total, as it claimed to have covered 400,000 premises with its FTTP network during the spring and is aiming to add another 244,000 premises by April next year.

Hyperoptic was also cited as a big contributor to the overall figure, as it has reached 350,000 premises in big urban buildings via its FTTP network.

Furthermore, ISPreview.co.uk said the company has raised another £100 million to boost the rollout, with a view to reaching 500,000 premises by the end of 2019.

KCOM was also said to have made a big difference to the overall total, as it has pushed FTTP premises out to 132,500  and is aiming to reach 150,000 by the end of the year.

Openreach is currently consulting with communications providers to identify the level of demand for a major full-fibre deployment.

The infrastructure body is engaging with stakeholders both to gauge demand for full-fibre within the industry and devise new investment, risk and cost-sharing models.

Source: ISPreview.co.uk

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