More communities near Plymouth to get superfast broadband
BT today announced plans to make faster broadband available to a further 172,000 homes and businesses in the South West.
Areas including Ashburton, Buckfasleigh, Salcombe, Yealmpton and Wembury are amongst the latest locations in the region to be included in the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
They are due to be upgraded by the Spring of next year.
The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the speed previously available from BT.
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The faster broadband is already available in more than 200 South West communities and available to more than 1.5 million premises.
The latest exchanges to go live include Cullompton and Colaton Raleigh.
By next Spring 77 per cent of homes and businesses in the region will be served by an exchange which has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds. The new service is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband.
Ben Rhodes, chief executive of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said: “This kind of major investment has never been more vital. It is an essential part of building a more prosperous region in these economically uncertain times. Businesses can use the technology to be more efficient and competitive, whilst individuals can develop their education and skills for a fast changing world. Efficient, high-speed communications are critical to our future success.”
Jon Reynolds, BT’s South West regional director, said: “The rapid roll-out of faster broadband offers a great opportunity for the South West. It is an important part of BT’s plans to help ensure that the region is able to take full advantage of the communications revolution.
“Around 70 per cent of South West businesses and households now have access to this technology and within about a year this will have risen to well in excess of three quarters.
“The technology is having a major impact on our everyday lives and changing for the better the way we live, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and to find new markets. And communities are better able to make use of the huge range of on-line educational and entertainment opportunities available."