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UK broadband competition reaches new highs

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Competition in the UK’s broadband market has reached a new milestone, Ofcom announced yesterday.

The UK’s telecoms regulator has said that the number of ‘unbundled’ lines where communications providers use BT’s network to provide telephone and broadband services has reached over 9 million.

Currently, there are around 80 providers other than BT providing broadband services, which are rapidly increasing in demand amongst consumers.

Unbundling began when Ofcom encouraged competition amongst the industry by forcing BT to provide services to its rivals. The figure revealed today shows a 70-fold increase in the amount of unbundled lines since 2005.

This is especially good news for consumers as the increase in competition throughout the telecoms and broadband industry has dramatically cut household bills.