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A scheme to roll out superfast broadband across the Lake District and wider Cumbria is well ahead of schedule, with work due for completion nine months earlier than expected.

Under the £51 million Connecting Cumbria scheme, BT is aiming to roll out its superfast fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) or fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) network to 93 per cent of the county by the end of next year.

So far, it has been able to complete the first part of the Lake District rollout, despite it not being expected to be reached until the end of this year.

According to BT, almost 2,000 local homes and businesses are now be able to access BT’s up to 80Mb FTTC, with this figure set to reach 4,000 when area-specific deployment has been completed.

Updates on further progress are expected in the near future, with the Connecting Cumbria project one of the few BDUK schemes to reveal exactly which street cabinets have been upgraded.

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