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BT has announced a further major investment in Wiltshire, pledging to roll-out its £2.5 billion high-speed fibre broadband network to 3,000 more homes and businesses in Marlborough.
The latest investment will take the total number of homes and businesses in Wiltshire able to connect to the fibre network to nearly 158,000.
More than 134,000 already have access in upgraded areas, including Swindon, Blunsdon, Devizes, Trowbridge and Toothill and BT is keen to bring more communities within reach by working with the public sector.
Jon Reynolds, BT’s South West regional director, said: “Fibre broadband opens up a whole new, high speed world. This latest major investment will continue to help Wiltshire overcome the current economic challenges and take full advantage of the upturn when it comes.
“Digital technology is fundamental to how we live and work – and in an increasingly connected world, high-speed communications will become even more essential in the years ahead. Research suggests fibre broadband could give a £143 million boost to a typical town’s economy and create 225 new jobs and 140 new businesses within 15 years.
Ian Larrard, director, Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said: “Everyone recognises the importance of super-fast broadband, not just for its contribution to the local economy and potential to create new businesses and jobs, but for every aspect of modern life. In the current economic climate, such an investment is to be greatly welcomed.”
BT’s local network business Openreach is making fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses on a commercial basis by the end of 20142 using a mix of fibre to the cabinet and fibre to the premises technologies. More than 11 million premises can already access fibre broadband and that number is growing all the time.
Both technologies offer speeds many times faster than the current UK average, reported by the regulator Ofcom to be 9Mbps.
From Spring 2013 BT aims to make speeds of 330Mbps3 available on demand in any area where FTTC has been deployed.
Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time. A family can download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the net and play games online simultaneously. A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes, whilst high-resolution photos can be uploaded to Facebook in seconds.
The upload speeds are the fastest widely available to consumers in the UK, with large video and data files being sent almost instantly and hi-resolution photos posted online in seconds. And high quality voice and video calls mean businesses can keep in touch with customers while they cut down on travel.
For further information on Openreach’s fibre broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk.