Paignton homes get high-speed broadband
HIGH-speed fibre broadband is now available to the first homes and businesses in Torbay, BT has announced.
About 10,000 Paignton households and firms now have access to the sophisticated technology and this figure will increase to more than 19,000 premises in the town as engineers complete the local investment in the coming weeks.
They follow other Devon communities, such as Newton Abbot, Dartmouth, Teignmouth and Ivybridge, where the high-speed technology is already available.
Torquay, Brixham, Totnes, Bovey Tracey and Dawlish are among the Devon communities also due to be upgraded later this year.
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By the end of Spring 2014 nearly 300,000 Devon homes and businesses - and more than 1.4 million across the South West - will be able to benefit as a result of BT’s £2.5 billion fibre broadband roll-out programme.
The company is also working in partnership with the public sector to reach parts of the South West that lie outside its commercial fibre broadband plans.
Jon Reynolds, BT’s South West regional director, said: “BT’s fibre network is expanding rapidly across the South West bringing a boost for local economies wherever it goes. Research suggests that within 15 years fibre broadband could bolster the economy of a typical town by £143 million and create 225 new jobs, 140 new start-up businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers1.
“As more than a million UK households and businesses have already discovered, fibre broadband opens up a whole new world to internet users. Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre. 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.
“The arrival of fibre can really help local firms in these economically challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing and computer back-up, all of which may also help cut costs.”
BT’s fibre footprint currently passes more than 13 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. 2
Jon Reynolds added: “Our ambition doesn’t stop with our commercial roll-out. The Connecting Devon and Somerset partnership, of which BT is a major partner, aims to make fibre broadband available to around 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the two counties by the end of 2016.”