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BT is using 'super spades' to help speed up the rollout of its superfast broadband.

The broadband provider has faced criticism that the rollout of its technology is too slow, however, the tools could help overcome obstacles and help the company meet its target of making fibre available to two-thirds of UK homes by the end of 2014.

Speaking at a recent presentation, Chief Executive Ian Livingston said that the new super spades could speed up work by as much as 60 per cent, thanks to its extra sharp shovel.

“The shovel is extra sharp, so our engineers can use it to cut through tarmac and remove blockages more easily during a fibre installation,” the company said.

“This means they’re able to complete a job without waiting a number of days for separate civil engineering teams to dig up pathways.”

Other measures being taken by the company include replacing the concrete bases of fibre cabinets with plastic ones.

Last month, BT announced plans to hire an extra 250 engineers to help boost its superfast broadband project.  

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