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BT has announced plans to upgrade the Locks Heath broadband exchange near Southampton with Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology.

The broadband provider will use fibre-optic cables to increase connection speeds to up to 40Mb in the area.

According to Locks Heath People, 5,412 residential and 799 non-residential premises are set to benefit from the upgrade, which comes as part of a £1.5 billion national overhaul.

Mike Galvin, BT's South East Regional Director, said that broadband had already made "a huge contribution" to the prosperity of the south-east and would continue to do so in the coming years.

He stated: "We are continuing to work closely with regional authorities, agencies and partners across the region to make sure that the south-east remains at the cutting edge of broadband development, in a world in which the internet grows ever more essential."

Earlier this week, web traffic management firm Akamai reported that UK broadband is currently the 26th fastest in the world.

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