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26,000 more Kent homes and businesses get faster broadband

Press Release   •   Oct 23, 2012 00:00 BST

11 more communities now benefiting from roll-out programme; 

BT announced today that faster broadband is now available to a further 26,000 homes and businesses in Kent.

Wingham, Minster Sheppey, Benenden and Langton are among the latest 11 communities in the county 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 600,000 Kent premises and, by next Spring, 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the South East will be served by an exchange which has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds. The new service is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband*.

John Weaver, BT’s South East regional director, said: “Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across Kent, 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 announced that fibre broadband will come to Sturry next year.

Locations included in today’s announcement. . .
West Kingsdown
Lyminge Sevington
Minster Ramsgate Boughton
Chestfield Leysdown
Langton Sturry
Benenden Wingham

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.