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Openreach has hit back at criticism of its investment in broadband services across the UK.

Independent Telecoms Analyst Ian Grant this week told BBC News that many rural communities feel "neglected" and "disappointed" by BT and are therefore turning to alternatives.

However, Openreach responded by stressing that no other organisation is investing more than it is in improving broadband services throughout Britain.

"We've spent £11 billion on upgrading our network over the last decade and, thanks largely to our work alongside government, 95 per cent of the country can now order a superfast broadband service," a spokesperson said.

Openreach also pointed out that it is upgrading three million homes and businesses to full-fibre broadband technology by the end of 2020.

Mr Grant had argued that while BT has installed fibre-to-the-street cabinets in many areas, people in rural communities often live too far away from the cabinets to be able to access high-speed broadband.

He went on to state that BT has missed an opportunity, as people in rural areas still require internet provision, not only for recreational use.

For instance, he noted that farmers require a consistent internet connection as they have to file reports to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on a regular basis.

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