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Thousands of homes in north London and Cardiff are to start receiving next-generation broadband services from BT next week.

The internet service provider is rolling out the high-speed connection as part of a pilot scheme in the deployment of its 21st Century Network starting on Monday (July 6th).

According to Computing.com, the initiative - an important next step following the government's Digital Britain report - will also see BT announcing the deployment of more fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) exchanges.

Liv Garfield, Strategy Director for the ISP, told the website: "Both pilots will involve over 15,000 premises with over 100 street cabinets being FTTC-enabled."

David Campbell, Managing Director of Next-Generation Access for BT's Openreach division, added that ISPs involved in the trials from the outset will include O2 and Sky, among others.

In other news, BT announced recently that it has signed a five-year deal with the ATM supplier Cashbox to turn ATMs across the UK into Wi-Fi hotspots for wireless broadband connectivity.

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