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Cumbria connected to superfast broadband

93% of homes and businesses will have superfast broadband by December 2015 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The roll out of superfast broadband is now in full swing across Cumbria, with a project to build a fibre network around the County ahead of schedule.

Connecting Cumbria will connect 93% of homes and businesses in the region with superfast broadband by December 2015. So far more than 66% have been connected.

Elsewhere in Cumbria, BT's engineers are working to deliver fibre to areas including Orton, Pooley Bridge, Grange-over-Sands, Windermere, Shap and Glenridding in 2015.

Extra fibre broadband for Hawick

An extra 400 homes and businesses in Hawick will receive high-speed fibre broadband when the new upgrade is carried out next year.

BT announced the infill for the town along with upgrades for 291,000 premises across Scotland. Fibre can provide speeds of up to 80Mbps.

Last year, it was revealed that Hawick, Kelso, Dumfries and Stranraer will receive the high-speed service.

This latest announcement means that 44,300 homes in the south of Scotland will have fibre broadband by 2014.