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Deddington, Oxfordshire, has been announced as the location for BT's first fibre-only telephone exchange pilot.

Households and businesses in the village will be able to take advantage of the UK's fastest available broadband speeds when the trial launches in 2013.

Services over copper are to be replaced entirely with next-generation services running over fibre-optic cables, delivering up to 300Mb download speeds.

At present, villagers can only receive maximum broadband speeds of around 6Mb to 8Mb.

Sean Williams, Group Strategy Director of BT, said fresh advances in technology are pushing the boundaries for new services on an almost daily basis.

"This is an important pilot which will help the industry better understand the opportunities arising from a fibre-only world," he stated.

Councillor Jim Flux, Chairman of Deddington Parish Council, said the firm is "excited" to be the first community in the UK to be piloting this latest innovation in telecommunications.

"Not only will our residents and businesses be able to take advantage of ultra-fast broadband speeds but Deddington is also helping pave the way for the services of the future," she stated.

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