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BT to give 6 cities super-fast broadband by 2010

Fibre upgrade back on track

BT has revealed that it will roll out super-fast broadband to six cities in the UK by 2010.

According to the ISP, internet users in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast will be offered internet access speed of up to 60Mbps. BT said these were the areas where demand for super-fast broadband was greatest.

The half a million homes and businesses being given super-fast broadband access will be the first in the ISP's £1.5bn upgrade of the UK's ageing copper network to fibre cables, capable of speeds up to 100Mbps.

The roll-out of the upgrade stalled last year, after BT questioned whether Ofcom would impose restrictions on how much the ISP could charge other service providers to use their fibre network. However, Ofcom announced last month that it would not restrict pricing.

The ISP also said it hoped to trial the service in two rural areas; Calder Valley near Halifax and Taffs Well in South Wales, and that 40 percent of the country would have super-fast broadband access by 2012.


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