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Openreach, the firm responsible for maintaining BT's network infrastructure, is to recruit another 1,000 engineers to support the rollout of fibre broadband.

Up to 200 of the new additions are expected to be ex-armed forces personnel, while 400 will be placed on an apprentice training scheme.

Some 1,500 engineers were recruited by Openreach in 2012, in a bid to meet increasing demand for fibre broadband services nationwide.

BT Chief Executive Ian Livingston said his company remains "highly confident" that fibre broadband can be provided to more than 90 per cent of UK homes and businesses.

"Faster broadband will help to fuel the UK economy and the jobs we are creating are part of that," he stated.

"Almost half of the jobs will be offered under our popular apprenticeship scheme, giving young people the chance to earn a recognised qualification and pursue a career as a skilled telecoms engineer."

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