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BT has announced that 46,000 business fibre broadband customers have been automatically upgraded to speeds of up to 76Mbps.

This is twice as high as the 38Mbps speeds that they previously enjoyed and will be its new entry level standard for business fibre broadband.

BT believes this is a significant move as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Britain are becoming "increasingly reliant" on technology that requires secure, stable and fast connectivity.

Mike Tomlinson, Managing Director of BT's SME division in the UK, commented: "We’re helping UK SMEs work smarter and faster in the office - and on the move - as they increasingly embrace cloud-based services. 

"By making 76Mbps our new standard business fibre broadband speed, we are ensuring brilliant connectivity at a speed that will enable them to grow and thrive. 

"Add to this our superfast 4G mobile network and our customers really are better connected than ever before.”

BT went on to cite figures from Populus showing that nearly two-thirds of SMEs in the UK believe they will need faster broadband speeds from their current provider in the next few years.

The research also revealed that more than three-quarters do not feel they could operate for more than 24 hours without the internet, due to their reliance on cloud storage, email, online payments and other digital resources.

BT was among the business broadband providers to sign up to a new code drawn up by Ofcom earlier this year, designed to ensure the industry gives firms clearer and more accurate information on broadband speeds before they enter into a contract.

The voluntary code outlines the responsibilities of business broadband providers and calls on organisations to commit to giving customers the freedom to exit a contract if broadband speeds fall below a minimum guaranteed level.

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