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BT's infrastructure business Openreach is to hire another 1,600 engineers to support the nationwide rollout of fibre broadband.

The new recruits will help bring super-fast broadband services to even more communities around the UK, and boost customer service levels.

They will be responsible for installing new lines and also fixing faults that occur in the network.

BT expects a number of the engineering roles to be taken up by ex-service men and women.

Prime Minister David Cameron expressed delight at the news BT is launching a major recruitment drive.

"Supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hardworking people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan," he stated.

Mr Cameron said the new roles will provide financial security for families and help deliver a world-class infrastructure for Britain.

Joe Garner, Chief Executive at Openreach, said millions of customers around the UK depend on broadband services.

They also rely on Openreach to keep them connected to BT's network, whatever the weather, he noted.

Mr Garner claimed his company's engineers "do an incredible job".

"They have been rolling out fibre broadband faster than anywhere else in the world, and at the same time completing hundreds of thousands of jobs each week to keep people connected throughout the UK," he stated.

Mr Garner added that the new recruits will be "a welcome boost" to that effort, joining an already world class team.

"We want to attract the best in the country to a career in engineering," he noted.

"Being an Openreach engineer is a terrific job and a rewarding career, regardless of your background, or gender.”

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