Broadband booster at 3,200 properties in Swindon
TOOTHILL will soon receive a boost when it becomes one of the last areas in the county to benefit from the roll out of fibre-optic broadband.
BT today announced a further expansion of high-speed fibre broadband to another 3,200 homes and businesses in Wiltshire.
Openreach, BT’s local network business, will carry out the work in Toothill, Calne, Melksham, Warminster and Westbury between now and the end of spring 2014, subject to planning and technical constraints.
BT expects this to be the final announcement expanding the coverage of its commercial programme.
It will boost the number of premises with access to fibre broadband in Wiltshire to nearly 170,000. About 147,000 are already able to get the service and BT is working with public sector partners in Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire to expand coverage even further.
Annette Kennedy, centre co-ordinator for Toothill Community centre, said: “This is good news. More people will want to use it, because at the moment other people use the broadband here when they use the centre.
“Other groups such as the Toothill Big Local group will be able to take advantage of it when they set up here.
“They will be setting up an office here next month, so it could not have come at a better time.
“It is not just the community centre, it is the user groups who will benefit from it.”
Jon Reynolds, BT South West regional director, said: “This is an exciting time for the digital future of the South West with widespread availability of fibre broadband services fast becoming a reality for thousands of local homes.
“With today’s further fibre broadband investment in the region we hope even more local people will soon experience the difference for themselves – by joining more than 1.7 million UK homes and businesses already using the technology.”
BT’s fibre footprint currently includes more than 16 million UK homes and businesses.
It’s due to pass two-thirds of UK premises – around 19 million premises – by the end of spring 2014, around 18 months ahead of the original timetable.
Openreach is primarily using fibre-to-the-cabinet technology, where the fibre runs from the exchange to a local roadside cabinet. In addition to download speeds of up to 80Mbps, it is also capable of delivering upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.
According to the regulator Ofcom, the current average UK residential broadband download speed is 14.7Mbps.
For further information on Openreach’s fibre broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk
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