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Openreach has announced the latest round of telephone exchange upgrades for BT's fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) on-demand service.

Another 82 exchanges around the UK are being upgraded by BT's infrastructure division this month, which should take the total to 142 by the end of 2013, reports

Homes and businesses served by these exchanges will be able to sign up for FTTP services offering up to 330Mb download speeds.

This requires the physical construction of a fibre-optic line to their premises from the nearest street cabinet - hence customers are required to pay for connection and any construction work which is required.

Openreach announced plans to pilot FTTP on-demand at eight UK telephone exchanges back in June 2012.

Speaking at the time, the firm's Managing Director of Network Investment, Mike Galvin, claimed the technology has "great potential".

He said fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband would remain BT's mass market consumer product for some time, but the firm is eager to make FTTP available to those who want it.

"This development can potentially help small and medium-sized businesses to compete both at home and abroad, as well as maintain and create jobs across the UK," Mr Galvin stated.

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