High-speed fibre broadband is now available to the first homes and businesses in Desborough, BT has announced.
More than 3,500 local householders and firms in the area are joining the high-speed revolution as engineers complete planned local upgrades in the coming weeks.
The BT investment is expected to give a major boost to the local economy.
A recent report by Regeneris Consulting predicted that over the next 15 years the technology could give the economy of a typical town a £143 million boost, create 225 new jobs, 140 new start-up businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers.
BT’s local network business, Openreach, aims to make the high speed technology available to about two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014.
It will use a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies.
Both offer speeds much faster than those currently available to many UK homes and businesses.
FTTC, where fibre is delivered to the street cabinet, offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.
FTTP, where fibre runs all the way to homes and businesses, currently offers download speeds of 110Mbps and these are expected to be increased to 330Mbps shortly.
By Spring 2013 BT aims to make speeds of 330Mbps commercially available in any area where fibre broadband has been deployed, potentially transforming the competitiveness of businesses.
Owen Moody, BT regional director for East Midlands, said: “The advent of fibre broadband in Desborough is a massive fillip for businesses and households.
“It will enrich people’s lives and bring a much-needed boost to businesses in these economically challenging times.
“They’re joining eleven million UK premises which are now passed by one of the world’s fastest growing fibre networks.
“Fibre broadband will offer local firms and households new ways of working flexibly and allow large data and video files to be sent and received almost instantly.
“Other benefits include access to high quality videoconferencing and better back-up of computer systems.
“Local authorities and business organisations want fibre broadband to reach as many local homes and businesses as possible and we are offering to work with them to achieve their aspirations, while progressing our own plans to accelerate speeds in general.”
At home a family could be simultaneously downloading a movie, watching a TV replay service, surfing the internet and playing games online. A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes, while high-resolution photos can be uploaded to Facebook in seconds.
For further information on Openreach’s fibre broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk.