Published: 24th Jun 2013
BT has announced it is getting underway on ambitious plans to deliver superfast broadband services to 90 per cent of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire homes by March 2016.
A total of 52,500 locations across the two counties are to be connected to the new network as part of the ongoing Broadband Delivery UK partnership, with the remaining ten per cent of homes to be provided with access to satellite broadband and bonded DSL lines to improve speeds.
Connection rates of up to 80 MBps will be achieved once the work has been completed, building on BT's £2.5 billion investment in delivering improved access to superfast services for UK homes.
Andrew Percival and Michael Garvey, representing Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Buckinghamshire (Thames Valley) Local Enterprise Partnership, stated: "Both Local Enterprise Partnerships are pleased to see the project reach this important milestone.
"This investment will enable enterprises and business parks to reap the benefits of superfast connectivity, enhancing the prospects for business growth, job creation and economic competitiveness."
BT managing director for next generation access Bill Murphy added the move is "fantastic news" for anyone living in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire and will help to move the two counties into the "broadband fast lane" over the coming years.
The project is to be split into two schemes, with some premises receiving superfast services via FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) and the remainder being serviced by FFTP (fibre-to-the-premises) lines.
Meanwhile, plans announced by BT and Cumbria County Council were earlier this month criticised by Tim Farron, South Lakes MP, who told in-cumbria that he is "incredibly angry" regarding the proposals.
Mr Farron argued his constituents now have to wait years for work to be carried out in their area, something which is wholly unacceptable.
He concluded: "It means that communities in our area could be left 'til last and the work could take two and half years."
Posted by Craig Roberts
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