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Broadband provider BT has begun work upgrading telephone exchanges in Norfolk to increase broadband speeds in the region.

The firm claims it is looking to increase broadband speeds to 24Mb by 2012 and also augment access for people in rural areas, reports the East Anglia Daily Press.

As part of the firm's early work to improve the exchanges, BT has brought speeds of 0.5Mb to broadband "not spots" while cities have reached up to 8Mb.

Richard Bacon, MP for south Norfolk, said the upgrade should deliver 24Mb speeds "within three years".

"I am pleased BT seems aware of the problem our constituents are facing and is keen to drive forward improvements to broadband access in Norfolk," he told the news provider.

"Time will tell how effective these plans will be and we must keep up the pressure on BT to make sure it sees the improvements through. Norfolk cannot be allowed to fall behind."

A recent survey by found that broadband users in the UK are generally happy with their connections but would prefer faster download speeds.

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