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Openreach - the company responsible for maintaining BT's network infrastructure - has announced the launch of 220Mb broadband services.

Broadband deals offering peak rate download speeds of 220Mb and 20Mb upstream capacity will become available over BT's network on June 2013.

This follows a successful pilot scheme for the product, Openreach stated.

As such, broadband providers using BT's network infrastructure will be able to offer a wider range of fibre-to-the-premises solutions to their customers.

At present, the fastest available download speeds are up to 330Mb, with 30Mb uploading capabilities.

However, according to, few broadband providers have found this service commercially attractive enough to offer.

The new up to 220Mb solution provides a middle ground between Openreach's up to 110Mb and up to 330Mb products, which are currently available via BT's network.

Lines are available for a one-off connection fee of £92 plus VAT, with annual rental costs starting at £187.32.

Earlier this month, Openreach announced that over half of all UK homes and businesses can now access fibre broadband using its network - more than 15 million.

The firm said it is on target to reach 19 million by the end of spring 2014, around 18 months ahead of the original rollout schedule.

Liv Garfield, Openreach Chief Executive, said this is "a significant milestone" for the company and one that its engineers can be proud of.

"They have worked through many months of appalling weather to bring the benefits of fibre to cities, towns and villages and this is making a genuine difference to how people live their lives," she stated.

“Fibre broadband can play an important part in stimulating and supporting an economic recovery. Our investment, together with that of our partners, is helping to generate thousands of jobs and give small businesses the speeds that were previously the preserve of larger ones based in cities.”

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