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BT has the capacity to deliver super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of the UK population, according to Openreach's new Chief Executive.

Olivia Garfield, who has replaced Steve Robertson as the head of the group's wholesale arm, said that working alongside the government, the internet service provider could provide fibre services to the vast majority of UK homes and businesses.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Ms Garfield, 35, claimed that BT is an agile enough company to meet the ambitious targets it has set.

"We've rolled out a fibre network at twice the pace of anywhere else in the world," she added. "Everything we do is at scale."

Ms Garfield explained that it would not be commercially viable for BT to provide upwards of two-thirds fibre coverage nationwide, but public funding could help increase super-fast broadband penetration.

The internet service provider is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading local telephone exchanges across the UK to support next-generation fibre broadband services.

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