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BT has published a further list of 69 exchanges it will upgrade to offer faster broadband by running fibre to streetside cabinets by summer next year.

The list represents the second wave of BT's network upgrade, which is now scheduled to cover 1.5 million premises by early summer next year. The first wave of 29 exchanges is listed here.

London and the South East dominate the latest list with 24 exchanges set to benefit*. Scotland will see just four sites upgraded in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The new technology will offer "up to" 40Mbit/s downstream, and access will be also available via BT's DSL competitors.

BT said it had speeded up the rollout. Steve Robertson, CEO of Openreach, said: "We had aimed to get fibre to half a million homes by next March but we're now being far more ambitious. We've received a tremendous response to date and so we're keen to get on with the job."

Earlier this week BT's first commercial deployments of fibre to the cabinet went live in London's Muswell Hill and in Whitchurch in South Glamorgan.

Earlier this week BT denied privacy concerns were to blame when it said it would not deploy Phorm's web monitoring and profiling system. Rather, it said cancelling the planned rollout would allow it to concentrate on network upgrades.

BT's plans remain to upgrade 40 per cent of its network - some 10 million premises - to fibre to the cabinet by 2012, in a programme costing £1.5bn. ®

*According to BT, Hainault in Greater London is "East of England", for example.

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Here's the full list of exchanges:

  • BERKHAMSTED East of England
  • BILLERICAY East of England
  • BRENTWOOD East of England
  • ELSTREE East of England
  • HAINAULT East of England
  • HODDESDON East of England
  • LEA VALLEY East of England
  • LOUGHTON East of England
  • STANFORD-LE-HOPE East of England
  • WALTHAM CROSS East of England
  • WOODFORD East of England
  • GLOSSOP East Midlands
  • HINCKLEY East Midlands
  • BARKING London
  • BARNET London
  • ELTHAM London
  • GREENWICH London
  • HORNCHURCH London
  • INGREBOURNE London
  • NEW SOUTHGATE London
  • PONDERS END London
  • SIDCUP London
  • SLADE GREEN London
  • STAMFORD HILL London
  • CHESTER-LE-STREET North East
  • DURHAM North East
  • EAST HERRINGTON North East
  • HETTON-LE-HOLE North East
  • ALTRINCHAM North West
  • ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE North West
  • CHEETHAM North West
  • CHORLTON North West
  • DENTON North West
  • HYDE North West
  • MANCHESTER EAST North West
  • MOSS SIDE North West
  • PRESTWICH North West
  • STALYBRIDGE North West
  • SWINTON, GREATER MANCHESTER North West
  • URMSTON North West
  • WALKDEN North West
  • WILMSLOW North West
  • LISBURN Northern Ireland
  • EDINBURGH CORSTORPHINE Scotland
  • EDINBURGH CRAIGLOCKHART Scotland
  • GLASGOW BRIDGETON Scotland
  • GLASGOW GIFFNOCK Scotland
  • BASINGSTOKE South East
  • DARTFORD South East
  • BRISTOL NORTH South West
  • BRISTOL WEST South West
  • DOWNEND South West
  • BARRY Wales
  • CAERPHILLY Wales
  • PENARTH Wales
  • BIRMINGHAM, NORTHERN West Midlands
  • FALLINGS PARK West Midlands
  • GREAT BARR West Midlands
  • LEAMORE West Midlands
  • NUNEATON West Midlands
  • TETTENHALL West Midlands
  • WEDNESBURY West Midlands
  • WALSALL West Midlands
  • ARMLEY Yorkshire
  • CASTLEFORD Yorkshire
  • HEADINGLEY Yorkshire
  • LOW MOOR Yorkshire
  • PONTEFRACT Yorkshire
  • SHIPLEY Yorkshire

You can check which exchange you're connected to here.

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