Faster broadband is now available to a further 9,500 homes and businesses in Northamptonshire, BT has announced.
Earls Barton, Weedon, Rockingham and Broughton are the latest parts of the county to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
BT says its investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the fastest speed previously available from BT.
The faster broadband is already available in many parts of the county, including Northampton, Kettering, Daventry and Corby.
By next spring about 88 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.
Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “This is great news from BT for Northamptonshire and a further boost to our target that everyone should be able to access superfast broadband by 2017.
“Fast broadband is an essential tool for local businesses and I have no doubt it will be a catalyst for the creation of new jobs. It will also transform the lives of local families, whether they’re using the technology for social networking, entertainment, education or accessing the increasing number of public services which are available via the internet.”
Paul Bimson, BT’s East Midlands regional partnership director, said: “Faster broadband is touching the Iives of everyone – from small businesses and homeworkers, to internet shoppers, students, families and online gaming enthusiasts – and transforming the way we do things, for the better. BT is committed to making the technology available to as many homes and businesses as possible, as quickly as possible.
“About 82 per cent of East Midlands homes and businesses now have access to faster broadband and within less than a year we expect this will have increased to nearly nine out of 10 premises in this region.
“But there is still much work to be done and we want to work with local authorities to find ways of getting to even the most challenging locations.”