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Almost 24,000 more homes and businesses in Edinburgh are set to gain access to faster broadband speeds courtesy of BT.

The internet service provider (ISP) is to upgrade three more exchange areas in the Scottish capital - Fountainbridge, Newington, Waverley – which are now set to join the already-connected Corstorphine, Craiglockhart and Dean.

By 2011, 133,000 Scottish homes and businesses will be able to access BT super-fast broadband, as the firm continues its £2.5 billion national network upgrade.

The technology - to be installed by BT Openreach - will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all UK broadband providers.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland Director, said: "Edinburgh was one of the first locations in the UK to benefit from BT's super-fast broadband rollout, with work in three exchange areas already completed. This latest investment is great news for many more local homes and businesses.

"Fibre broadband has the power to revolutionise the way we use the internet. It has huge implications for the way we live, learn and do business, with massive opportunities for entertainment, education and entrepreneurs."   

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