Twenty Three more communities in the East Midlands are now benefiting from roll-out programme;
Nottinghamshire County Council welcomes new development
BT announced today that faster broadband is now available to a further 11,000 homes and businesses in Nottinghamshire.
Cotgrave and Edwinstowe are among the latest twenty three communities in the East Midlands to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
A full list can be found at the end of this release.
The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the fastest speed previously available from BT.
The faster broadband is already available to 86 per cent of East Midlands premises and, by next Spring this figure will have reached more than 88 per cent. The new service is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband*.
Councillor Keith Girling, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “This will be welcome news for residents and businesses in some areas of Edwinstowe, Cotgrave and northern parts of Carlton. People in these areas have been keen supporters of the Council's Superfast Broadband for Notts campaign and they'll be delighted to hear better broadband is coming so soon.
"However, this still leaves around 116,000 households and businesses in Nottinghamshire digitally disadvantaged, with internet speeds below 2Mbps. We believe decent broadband is as vital for rural businesses, families and communities as it is for those in urban areas and is essential for the economy of the County as a whole. So I'd urge people to carrying on supporting our campaign by pledging at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/broadband."
Owen Moody BT’s East Midlands Regional director said: “Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across Nottinghamshire, whether they are running a business, working or studying from home, doing the weekly shop online, downloading films and TV programmes or keeping in touch with friends and family around the world. It can all be done better using faster broadband.
“That’s why BT is determined to bring faster speeds to as many homes and businesses as possible, and we are keen to work with the public sector to find solutions for even the most challenging locations.”
This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. BT has already made fibre broadband available at North Carlton.
Locations included in today’s announcement.
NORTH CARLTON Nottinghamshire
WOODHALL SPA Lincolnshire
OLD LEAKE Lincolnshire
SUTTON ON SEA Lincolnshire
CHAPEL ST LEONARDS Lincolnshire
SUTTON BRIDGE Lincolnshire
CHAPEL EN LE FRITH Derbyshire
WHALEY BRIDGE Derbyshire
MARKET RASEN Lincolnshire
Note to Editors
*Once an exchange area has been upgraded for next generation broadband, some service providers automatically upgrade their customers to the enhanced broadband service. People should contact their chosen service provider for more information about the products and services they offer.