BT has said 24 further Westcountry communities are due to be connected to high-speed fibre broadband network, as it continues its £2.5 billion UK-wide Openreach roll out.
Towns including Torquay, Barnstaple, Plymstock, Tavistock, Okehampton, Honiton, Totnes, Bovey Tracey, Dawlish, Tiverton and Yelverton – are due to be upgraded in 2013.
The investment project will upgrade broadband networks through a mixture of fibre-to-cabinet and fibre-to-premises technologies.
The fibre-to-cabinet service, which relays high-speed broadband the final distance to consumers' doors via existing wiring, has the capacity to increase download speeds to 80 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.
BT also plans to roll out a fibre-to-premises on demand facility, enabling businesses located in areas served by fibre-to-cabinet to access speeds of up to 330Mbps.
Jon Reynolds, BT's South West regional director, said:
"The fibre broadband network we're building today will underpin the local economy for many years to come – and we're keen to go further, working with the public sector to take technology to places outside current commercial roll-out plans."