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Fibre optic broadband speeding along in Glasgow

Monday, August 17th 2009 by Cable.co.uk

Residents in Glasgow are set to benefit from fibre optic broadband from BT sooner than anticipated.

Fibre optic broadband is heading to consumers in Glasgow sooner than planned, with 15,500 homes north of the border set to benefit from BT's programme.

The switch-on date for super-fast access in the south-west of the city has been brought forward several months to autumn 2009 from early 2010, and the broadband provider is already busy fitting 56 new street cabinets and installing around 30 miles of fibre optic cable.

Bob Downes, BT Openreach director for Scotland, said: "The race to get super-fast broadband into Glasgow is well and truly under way. The accelerator is flat to the floor."

The technology used will support super-fast broadband with speeds of up to 40 Mbps, potentially rising to 60 Mbps in the future.

Last week, it was reported that BT's efforts to trial fibre optic broadband in London's Muswell Hill have caused some concerns, with local residents complaining to the council over the on-street cabinets used to store the technology.

However, the firm maintained that its efforts in the area have been popular and it is under discussion with local authorities over the cabinets.

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