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BT has announced that one of the first locations to benefit from its new super-fast broadband service will be Glasgow.

The Scottish city will be given access to BT's fibre optic broadband service with speeds of up to 40Mb from autumn this year.

More than 15,000 customers will benefit from the technology ahead of the originally scheduled 2010 delivery date. In future, the connection could have up-to speeds of 60Mb.

Openreach, BT's local network business, will build 56 new street cabinets and install approximately 30 miles of cable in order to serve homes and businesses in the areas of Crookston, Hillington and Cardonald.

The move marks the beginning of BT's plan to deliver fibre optic broadband to 40 per cent of the UK by 2012. The provider is hoping that 1.5 million homes will have fibre broadband by the start of summer 2010.

Bob Downes, Openreach Director for Scotland, commented: "The race to get super-fast broadband into Glasgow is well and truly underway. The accelerator is flat to the floor."

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