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BT has stepped up its fibre broadband rollout plans by hiring 150 new telecoms engineers.

The new recruits will work within the broadband provider's Openreach division, which is responsible for upgrading the firm's infrastructure to support super-fast services.

Starting work in May, the engineers will be responsible for installing new super-fast broadband connections for homes and businesses.

Liv Garfield, Chief Executive of BT Openreach, said the firm is "really pleased" with the progress being made on fibre broadband in the UK.

"Through system and process enhancements, we're delighted to be delivering fibre even faster," she added.

"We can only do this if we have the right number and calibre of engineers on the ground."

Ms Garfield said it is "fantastic" to be able to offer permanent jobs to people in the current economic climate.

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading its telecoms infrastructure, and aims to deliver super-fast services to two-thirds of the UK by 2014.

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