By Maximilian Clarke

A total of £2.5bn investment will see high speed broadband delivered to 2 in 3 businesses across the UK a year ahead of schedule, BT Group have announced.

A further 520 engineers- most of whom will be ex- armed forces- will oversee the sped up installation that will give UK businesses enhanced connectivity within 3 years.

The acceleration will help the government achieve its ambition of having the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015. The widespread availability of super-fast broadband is expected to help stimulate the UK economy, drive regional growth and please many communities who are keen to experience the benefits of the technology.

“Superfast broadband is essential for achieving sustainable growth and it is vital that homes and businesses have access to it as soon as possible,” commented Cultural Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

“BT’s accelerated fibre roll-out plan is great news for the UK,” commented With access to superfast broadband UK businesses will have the infrastructure they need to grow and develop new products and services. This investment means new jobs today, but also allows us to build the digital infrastructure we need for the jobs of tomorrow.”

BT’s roll-out of fibre broadband is well underway, with six million premises already having access to the technology. That figure will leap to ten million in 2012 and then two thirds of premises by the end of 2014. BT’s network can be used by all companies on an open wholesale basis and so underpins a fully competitive marketplace.

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