Residents in north London and South Wales, are to be the first to try next generation broadband in the UK. Exchanges in both areas are to become pilot sites where the fibre-based broadband will be tested. Once they are upgraded, home users should be able to go online at speeds of up to 40 megabits per second (Mbps).
Up to 15,000 home and business customers in each area will get the chance to take part in the pilot.
The operational pilots will run fibre-optic cables to the street cabinets that connect homes and businesses to telephone exchanges. A BT spokesman said the two sites were chosen because of their mix of customers and net providers in these areas as well as the make-up of the local communications network and geography.