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West Yorkshire residents could soon be enjoying speeds of up to 60Mb by next year after BT earmarked the region for next-generation services.

The telecoms giant has begun plans to connect ten million homes to high-speed cable broadband services by 2012 at a cost of £1.5 billion.

Now the Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that over 47,000 households in the Halifax, Pudsey and Calder Valley areas are in line for upgrades.

Commenting on the news, BT Yorkshire and the Humber regional director, John Anderson, told the newspaper: "Super-fast broadband is essential to this region's future so it is great to announce this initial set of locations in West Yorkshire especially as it will have an impact on both towns and rural communities."

Last week it was revealed that Glasgow and Edinburgh would be two of the first cities to benefit from BT's fibre plans.

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