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Consumers in a number of London districts are set to join the high-speed broadband revolution over the next few weeks, it has been claimed.

BT engineers are set to complete local telephone exchange upgrades in Parsons Green, Merton Park, Mile End, Skyport and New Cross over the next few weeks.

Once these areas have been hooked up to the internet service provider's high-speed fibre network, up to 90,000 households will be able to take advantage of next-generation broadband services.

Street cabinets will provide access to 40Mb download speeds, potentially increasing to 60Mb in the future.

Duncan Ingram, BT's London Regional Director, said that households and businesses switching to super-fast broadband "will soon be experiencing the internet as they have never experienced it before".

"The advent of BT fibre-based broadband in these parts of the capital will support local jobs and the local economy and is a vital part of BT's broadband plans for London," he added.

"As our roll-out of super-fast, fibre-based broadband gathers pace, many more customers in other parts of the capital can look forward to faster speeds in the pipeline."

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion on its national fibre-optic broadband initiative. 

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