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BT has unveiled the next phase of its scheme to roll out fibre broadband across the UK, with Shropshire and Derbyshire set to benefit from upgrades in the coming months.

Firstly, the telecoms provider named the next 18 communities that will benefit from the £24.6 million Connecting Shropshire programme, which aims to deploy BT's Fibre to the Cabinet or Fibre to the Premises services to 93 per cent of local premises by the end of Spring 2016.

The first set of upgrades have already begun and are set to benefit around 6,000 homes and businesses throughout early 2014, with the next batch going live soon afterwards.

Next up in the rollout, which is part of rural government’s national Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme, are a number of smaller communities including Alberbury, Westbury and Withington, which will bring the number of beneficiaries up to 62,000.

The news was followed by BT's announcement that a new website and predicted map of future coverage has been launched to accompany the Digital Derbyshire project

The £27 million scheme aims to deploy fibre optic broadband across the county over the next two years, making superfast services available to 95 per cent of local premises by the end of 2016.

The project should eventually bring faster connectivity to 88,000 homes and businesses in the county, with the new map giving a rough indication of which areas are likely to benefit, and when.

As with other maps produced in line with the BDUK scheme, BT notes that the coverage is not entirely accurate at premises or postcode level, though the new site does include a promotional video for Digital Derbyshire.

BT will announce the first areas set for an upgrade soon, with the actual rollout commencing sometime in 2014 as the telecoms provider continues to be the sole supplier through BDUK.

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