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BT rolls out fibre to a further 114 exchanges

More than one million homes and firms to get superfast broadband by Autumn 2012

More than one million homes and businesses across the country will benefit from fibre broadband, after BT revealed it's rolling out superfast net access to a further 114 exchanges across the country.

Parts of Kent and Sussex are among the areas that are the latest to be added to BT's roll-out of a fibre optic network, capable of offering superfast net access, which is defined by Ofcom as speeds of over 24mbps. BT says this phase of the roll-out will be completed by Autumn 2012, and further exchanges to be converted will be revealed over the coming months.

The roll-out is part of a £2.5bn scheme to give two thirds of the UK access to fibre broadband by 2015.

"Our roll out is one of the fastest in the world and we are on track to pass ten million homes and businesses next year before pushing on further," said Mike Galvin, Openreach managing director for Next Generation Access.

"Fibre broadband will transform peoples' experience of the internet and so I am sure the residents and businesses in these areas will welcome the news. "

Galvin also added that BT will be engaging with Broadband Delivery UK and local councils to offer help and expertise in a bid to help them hit the government's target of ensuring the UK has the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, with every resident getting access to broadband speeds of 2Mbps, and with 90 percent of the country benefitting from superfast broadband access.

"There is no substitute for experience when it comes to fibre deployment and we have more experience than anyone. We are also committed to offering open and equivalent access so that customers can benefit from a competitive market. Local monopolies benefit no-one and no public funds should go to supporting them".

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