More towns set to benefit from high-speed broadband

A MOVE to introduce high-speed “next generation” broadband to more towns in the region has been welcomed by community leaders.

Frinton, Kesgrave and Maldon have been included in the latest phase of programme from BT which will see another 250,000 homes and businesses benefiting from the faster connections by next spring.

High Woods in Colchester, along with the area surrounding the Guildford Road exchange off East Hill, will also be given the higher speed services.

According to BT, the investment makes broadband speeds of up to 24 Megabytes possible, more than double the maximum speeds previously obtainable to the majority of UK homes and businesses.

Robert Bucke, Frinton’s deputy mayor, said businesses and residents would welcome the change.

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He said: “I am sure people will be delighted. Here in Kirby-le-Soken where I live I get at, or below, one megabyte and sometimes it drops below that.

“Any improvement will be greatly welcomed – businesses are badly affected when the speed is not enough and that can be very frustrating and could even cost them money.”

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Peter McCarthy-Ward, BT’s East of England regional director, said: “This faster broadband service will play a major role in helping our region attract and retain inward investment.

“It is a major step forward offering numerous improvements and opportunities – and faster broadband for many customers in the region.

“Companies using BT’s new wholesale product to provide retail broadband services can customise their products and services to more closely match the needs of businesses and households. .

“For householders, the service supports the growing demand for high-speed access to a range of online services – including HD television, online gaming and a range of other internet and communications services.

BT wants to introduce its higher speed services to 20 million homes and businesses by next spring.

The network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services. Nearly half of all East of England lines have already been upgraded. The faster speeds are delivered over copper lines.

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