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BT speeds up £1.5bn broadband roll-out

BT is to rampup its roll out of superfast fibre-based, 40 megabits per second (Mb) fibre optic broadband Internet , making it available to 1 million homes by early next year.

In a move that will double the number of households that can access superfast broadband, BT will make the fibre technology available to 1.5 million homes by early summer 2010.

The roll-out is part of BT's pledge to spend £1.5bn in bringing super-fast broadband to 10 million homes, some 40 per cent of the country, by 2012.

Pilots of BT's superfast broadband went live this week in London and Wales. Eventually almost 70 UK locations will be covered by BT's upgrade programme. Further details of the scheme can be found at:

BT's Steve Robertson said: "Fibre is the future and so we're speeding up the pace of our plans.

"We had aimed to get fibre to half a million homes by next March but we're now being far more ambitious. We've received a tremendous response to date and so we're keen to get on with the job.

"BT has invested billions in creating Broadband Britain yet it has done so whilst offering others equal access to its network - demonstrating once again that competition doesn't have to be a barrier to investment.

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