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BT has begun its rollout of superfast broadband upgrades to 30 cities across the UK, with London premises the first to benefit from the £50 million scheme.

The plan was initially unveiled in January 2014, when the operator announced it was pumping an extra £50 million into its nationwide rollout of fibre broadband, and following a minor update in June, concrete details have finally emerged on when and where this will take place.

In total, BT is hoping to provide 400,000 premises with an upgrade across the 30 cities, with the first scheme seeing 30,503 homes and businesses in London benefitting.

Between now and 2017, 20,213 premises will be upgraded in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, to bring total coverage in the borough to 80,000 buildings, while another 10,290 will be upgraded in Greenwich, taking total coverage to 100,000 premises.

BT claims that the roll-out will eventually increase overall fibre availability across London to 95%, with 90% being covered by Openreach alone.

"Openreach engineers have been working flat out to bring fibre to more than 23 million homes and businesses across the country in record time - and the number is continuing to grow rapidly," said Joe Garner, CEO of Openreach.

"Installing fibre in urban areas can be challenging, but thanks to new techniques and extra investment we will now be able to reach hundreds of thousands of additional homes and businesses across London."

Although the 29 other cities have yet to be confirmed, BT has revealed what work will be taking place in the months ahead, including upgrading city cabinets that were not part of the original commercial plans and also rolling out fibre to the remote node (FTTRN) to serve apartment blocks and increase overall broadband accessibility across the UK.

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