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BT has announced plans to extend its super-fast broadband programme into the heart of Cheshire.

As the broadband provider upgrades telephone exchanges across the UK, the Bramhall, Congleton and Willaston areas of the county are to benefit form enhanced services, it has been reported.

According to the Manchester Evening News, a total of 21,000 homes and businesses are set to be included from the upgrade, which will allow faster download and upload speeds.

Through the latest stage of its development programme, BT will increase its total number of super-fast, fibre-based lines in the north-west region to 335,000.

Commenting on the news, BT's Regional Director Mike Blackburn said the firm was determined to play "a leading role" in making high-speed broadband widely available.

"Broadband has already made a huge contribution to the prosperity of the north-west – transforming the way many of us live and work and increasing the competitiveness of the region's businesses," he added.

In related news, Phil Harris, technology spokesman for Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, has called for East Anglia to be provided with enhanced broadband services.

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