BT has announced a £20 million project to extend high speed broadband to 95% of Nottinghamshire homes and businesses by end of March 2016 and a £2.5 billion roll-out in Ilminster, Somerset. It will also be rolling out the sophisticated technology to more than 2,200 Churston premises as engineers complete the local upgrade in the coming weeks.
High speed fibre broadband is on the way for thousands of homes and businesses across Nottinghamshire following the decision by the County Council to award the £20 million contract to BT.
The Superfast Broadband Nottinghamshire project will build on BT’s commercial investment in the county which will deliver fibre broadband to more than 400,000 premises in the county by the end of 2014.
Eighteen Somerset exchanges have already been upgraded in communities such as Taunton, Yeovil, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Glastonbury, Frome and Wellington. By the end of Spring 2014 more than 230,000 homes and businesses in the county will be able to benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion fibre broadband roll-out programme.
Torquay town centre, Totnes, Bovey Tracey and Dawlish are among the Devon communities also due to be upgraded later this year. By the end of Spring 2014 about 297,000 Devon homes and businesses will be able to benefit as a result of BT’s £2.5 billion fibre broadband roll-out programme.
According to BT, its fibre footprint currently passes more than 16 million UK homes and businesses. It is expanding all the time and is now due to pass two-thirds of UK premises – around 19 million premises – by the end of Spring 2014, at least 18 months ahead of the original timetable.
Jon Reynolds, BT’s South West regional director, said: “BT’s roll-out of fibre broadband in Ilminster represents a major investment, which will provide a big boost for the local economy.
“Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with high-speed fibre broadband. It’s great for education, shopping, entertainment, the social networking we now carry out routinely online and it also offers huge benefits for businesses and public services.”