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Around half of all homes and businesses in the UK now have access to faster broadband thanks to BT, it has been revealed.

The company's Wholesale Broadband Connect service, which offers connection speeds of up to 24Mb, is now believed to be available to over 730 telephone exchanges across the UK.

It is hoped that the technology will be available to around 14 million people by the end of March 2010, while 20 million could have access by spring next year.

Sian Baldwin, Director of Broadband and Content Services at BT Wholesale, said 20,000 to 30,000 sites are being given access to the network every week.

She added that the technology can support "growing demand for high-speed access to a range of online services, including television, gaming and multiple voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services".

Last month, BT announced the launch of its Infinity fibre-optic broadband service, which offers connection speeds of up to 40Mb.

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