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Some of the first UK locations to benefit from BT's new high-speed broadband services have been revealed.

BT has released a list of 868 telephone exchanges that will be the first to be able to provide users with ultra-fast broadband services on its 21st Century Network (21CN).

A list published by Samknows.com also identifies 39 exchanges that are currently capable of delivering the 24Mbps services, with all but one located in the West Midlands.

Among the towns and cities set to be able to access the network by the end of this month are Birmingham, Solihull, Dudley, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Sandwell, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Walsall. Swansea in south Wales is the only other area in the UK currently capable of accessing the 21CN network.

BT expects that all 868 exchanges will be capable of delivering 21CN services by April 2009, with the whole of the country set to be able to benefit by 2012.

Rupert Wood, principal analyst at research firm Analysys, has told Computing.co.uk that the project is one of the most advanced infrastructural developments in Europe.

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