BT has revealed the locations of the 303 exchanges around the UK that it will upgrade to run its new superfast broadband service later this year. The list of exchanges is available here.
The telcoms giant claimed that the rollout of the new fibre services will enable 40 per cent of the UK, or around 10 million homes, to access broadband speeds of 40Mbit/s.
London and the south east stand to benefit the most from the new upgrades, with 113 and 77 areas respectively being slated to receive the new services. The north west will receive 30 upgrades, while the west midlands will see 18 exchanges improved.
However, only one area in Northern Ireland and seven areas in Wales will be upgraded, while no areas beyond Exeter in the south west will get the new service, underlining the growing digital divide that all political parties have pledged to address.
Additionally, the east midlands will have 19 exchanges upgraded, the east of England 16, Yorkshire and Humber eight and the north east four.
The work will take place from late 2010, and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2011. The first customers will be able to access the service from the end of 2010.
BT also confirmed that the technology will be available on a wholesale basis to any other companies providing broadband services.
The move is the latest in the battle between BT and Virgin Media to become the standard bearer for superfast broadband in the UK. Virgin Media is heavily promoting its 50Mbit/s and 100Mbit/s services.
Update: BT has responded to V3.co.uk readers on Scotland availability and exchange locations.
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