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BT's comments that it is ramping up its rollout of high-speed fibre-optic broadband have been welcomes by a business group in Birmingham.

The West Midlands Business Council urged the company to deliver super-fast broadband internet access to the region as quickly as possible, it has been reported.

According to the Birmingham Post, Council Member Glyn Pitchford said that such a rollout would provide a boost to the local economy.

"It is a good start but we want to see it extended further," he told the publication.

"Without this the West Midlands would struggle even more than we do to pull in inward investment. We are talking about a revolution which will get us up to 100Mb from the current 2 to 8MB."

BT expects that more than 110,000 homes and businesses in the West Midlands will benefit from the new broadband service when it upgrades its network in the region next year.

All in all, BT hopes to have extended the coverage of its 21CN broadband network to 1.5 million households in the UK by summer 2010.

Recently, BT suggested that its existing ADSL broadband network is more than capable of dealing with a suspected surge in home usage as a result of swine flu if more people choose to work from home.

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