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Around 37,000 homes in Greater Manchester are set to benefit from superfast broadband thanks to BT.

The broadband provider will be rolling out the latest phase of its £2.5 billion fibre broadband plan by next spring, benefiting towns such as Eccles, Horwich and Leigh, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Speaking to the news provider, Mike Blackburn, BT’s north west regional director, said: “This is a further major BT investment for Greater Manchester.

"Our roll-out of fibre broadband is going from strength to strength. “In these tough economic times, this exciting technology will give a big boost to local businesses and households. Sophisticated communications are the lifeblood of any successful community.

The development will take the number of homes in Manchester which benefit from the new superfast broadband system to 890,000.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Clive Memmott also welcomed the move, saying that it is a great step for the city's businesses and residents.

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