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BT Openreach has announced the launch date for its new ultra-fast broadband service, it has been reported.

According to, consumers will be able to enjoy up to 330Mb broadband from July 2nd 2012.

All consumers and businesses in networked areas - those with access to BT Openreach fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband - will be able to take advantage of the upgrade.

At present, the fastest FTTP broadband speeds available to BT subscribers are up to 110Mb, but the firm is increasing the download capabilities of end users.

Relatively few BT customers are currently receiving FTTP broadband, with the majority of super-fast households reliant upon slower fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) services.

Fibre cables are used between the local telephone exchange and the nearest street cabinet, however copper cable is used to connect each household or business to the cabinet.

With FTTP, both the link between the exchange and the cabinet, and the cabinet and the end user utilises fibre-optic wiring.

BT recently announced that its Early Market Deployment of 330Mb broadband will take place on June 11th 2012.

According to, this is the last stage before commercial availability.

Customers signing up in June will not be guaranteed the full 330Mb broadband speeds - they may have to wait until July for full capability.

BT is investing £2.5 billion upgrading its national telephony infrastructure to support super-fast broadband services.

The firm is aiming to deliver fibre broadband to two-thirds of the UK population by 2014.

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