Forces recruits will help Britain get connected

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TELECOMS giant BT has announced it will boost its workforce in Portsmouth and Southampton with 10 new recruits.

The company is accelerating the roll out of its super-fast broadband across the country.

Many of the new recruits are ex-forces, and they are joining BT over the next few weeks to help the company deliver fibre-based broadband to two thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014, a year ahead of the original target of 2015.

John Weaver, BT regional director for the South East, said the acceleration of the £2.5 billion programme would help stimulate the economy, drive regional growth and benefit local communities who were keen to experience the technology.

He said: ‘The new jobs we are announcing will help us to support and create the digital infrastructure the county needs for the jobs of tomorrow.

‘Our current engineering teams are busy installing fibre broadband across Hampshire at a pace we believe rivals anywhere in the world – and our new recruits will help us take the new technology to even more homes and businesses.’