A million more homes and businesses to get superfast broadband

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Openreach reveals another 114 exchanges from where fibre will be available.

Superfast broadband is to become available to over one million more homes and businesses in the UK, Openreach has revealed.

Fibre-based broadband infrastructure will be made available from 114 extra exchanges from autumn 2012, according to Openreach, the division of BT which manages access to the telephone network for all broadband providers.

Mike Galvin, Openreach managing director for next-generation access, said: "I am pleased to be able to reveal the latest locations where we will make fibre broadband available.

"Our roll-out is one of the fastest in the world and we are on track to pass 10 million homes and businesses next year before pushing on further."

Openreach will reveal further locations where fibre will be made available over the next few months, which is part of BT's long-term plan to make superfast broadband available to two-thirds of the UK by 2015.

Galvin said: "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. No other company is doing as much as Openreach to bring superfast broadband to the UK."

BT has pledged to stump up £2.5billion to meet this target and the majority of the roll-out will be based on fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology, where optical fibre is used from telephone exchanges to reach the telephone cabinets in the streets.

According to BT, FTTC currently offers download speeds of up to 40Mb and upload speeds of up to 20Mb and the company plans to roughly double these speeds during 2012.

BT will only invest in superfast broadband in areas where it makes commercial sense for it to do so, but it believes that with government support, 90% of homes in the UK could get fibre.

List of new exchanges:
Archers Court Hatfield
Baldslow Hexham
Bannockburn Histon
Basildon Hooton
Beccles Hythe, Hampshire
Belstead Hythe, Kent
Bexhill Ipsley
Bognor Regis Ipswich
Brighton Rottingdean Kidderminster
Broadstairs Kings Lynn
Brundall Mildenhall
Bungay Milford
Bursledon Milnsbridge
Caister On Sea Moorhill
Carlisle Newhaven
Castleton, Gwent Norwich Thorpe
Cherry Hinton Norwich West
Clacton-On-Sea Paddock Wood
Colchester Pagham
Costessey Peebles
Cuffley Perth
Foxhall Polegate
Galashiels Purfleet
Gillingham, Kent Rainham, Kent
Gorleston Ramsgate
Great Baddow Rawdon
Gresford Redditch Old Town
Hadleigh, Suffolk Rustington
Hailsham Ryhope
Hampden Park Salisbury
Hassocks