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Kelso gets next generation broadband

A town in the Scottish Borders has become the first in the region to benefit from the roll-out of BT's next generation broadband service.

The company said more than 4,000 homes and businesses in Kelso now had access to faster connections.

Peebles is also earmarked for an upgrade in the coming months.

BT Scotland director Brendan Dick said it was an "important step" for the town and would benefit both businesses and families in the area.

The upgrade makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) - more than double the maximum speeds previously available to most UK homes and businesses.

Mr Dick said: "By next spring, almost 1.4 million Scottish homes and businesses will be served by an exchange that has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds."

The investment in the "copper network" is in addition to the £2.5bn BT roll-out of superfast broadband, which is expected to bring even faster speeds to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2015.

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