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BT expands broadband reach

80 percent of UK homes can get ADSL

BT is patting itself on the back today as it announces that its broadband services have reached exchanges serving four out of five UK homes.

"We have now brought broadband services to exchanges serving 80 percent of UK homes," said BT wholesale boss Paul Reynolds, speaking at the World Broadband Forum today.

In fact the 80 percent figure won't be reached until tomorrow when 25 extra exchanges are enabled.

But, Reynolds says, BT isn't going to stop there — 900 exchanges have reached their demand trigger, and so far 500 of those have gone live with the next 400 forming an orderly queue. The telco has committed to bringing ADSL to exchanges serving 90 percent of UK homes, so there is still some way to go.

But its goal has been brought closer thanks to a successful trial that will allow the reach of broadband exchanges to be extended to 6km, up from the previous limit of 5.5km.

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