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BT has increased its estimate for the number of homes it intends to have connected to fibre-optic broadband within the next few years.

According to the Financial Times, the broadband provider now plans to make internet services offering ultra-fast speeds of up to 100Mb available to at least 2.5 million homes by 2012, which is more than double its original prediction.

The plans take into account the use of both Fibre-to-the-Cabinet and Fibre-to-the-Home technology, although the proposed increase will come specifically from more customers receiving the latter.

BT Openreach's head Steve Robertson told the newspaper: "As we step forward, we are more confident about the direction of our strategy. We are willing to be aggressive."

News of the revised proposals has come after Openreach confirmed plans to trial Fibre-to-the-Premises technology in brownfield sites.

From January until March 2010, areas in both Milton Keynes and London will take part in the pilot.

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