BT is to recruit 520 new engineers in the UK as it brings forward £300m of investment in its commercial fibre broadband venture, with the bulk being hired from ex-armed forces personnel.
The telco today said it was speeding up its roll-out of superfast broadband services to UK businesses and residential properties, with two thirds of premises now expected to be wired up by the end of 2014, a year ahead of schedule.
BT has already pledged £2.5bn of investment in the plan, and is also bidding for a slice of £530m worth of government investment, which is being administered by the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) body.
"Thousands of our engineers are busy installing fibre broadband across the UK at an astonishing pace," said BT CEO Ian Livingston.
"The recruitment of an additional five hundred engineers will help us go even faster and ensure we are ready to help supply other areas should we win BDUK funds," he added.