BT has made broadband internet available from another 22 exchanges, claiming that nine out of 10 homes and businesses are now within reach of ADSL services.
The additions mean there are now 2,652 exchanges live for broadband, with 2,366 more due to be upgraded by next summer to give 99.6 per cent coverage, said the telco.
Exchanges going live today include Keswick in the Lake District, Germoe in Cornwall and Ogmore Valley in Wales.
BT Wholesale chief executive Paul Reynolds said in a statement: "BT has put the UK at 90 per cent ADSL coverage today with our closest competitor countries in the G7 aiming for this level by the end of 2004.
"By that stage we'll be past 95 per cent and well on the way to topping 99 per cent by summer 2005."
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