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London-based consumers and businesses are set to enjoy the benefits of faster download speeds after BT announced plans to invest in the capital's super-fast broadband infrastructure.

The internet service provider (ISP) says 87 per cent of homes and small businesses will be served by exchanges enabled for fibre broadband by spring 2011.

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion in an attempt to provide such services to around two-thirds of UK homes by 2015.

In a further announcement, the ISP has confirmed that the majority of homes and businesses in Greater London have been upgraded to 20Mb copper broadband.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "Speed is the essence of so many Olympic sports and as the Games return to London for a third time, it's vital that we should be able to access and enjoy them at record speeds."

BT Chief Executive Ian Livingston commented that London is already one of the best-connected cities in the world and the latest scheme "will ensure that it stays ahead of the pack".

"Our investment will see Londoners have access to both fibre and advanced copper broadband services well in advance of the London Olympics," he noted.

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