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More than six thousand Cheshire homes and businesses get faster broadband

Press Release   •   Oct 23, 2012 00:00 BST

Three more communities now benefiting from roll-out programme; 

Connecting Cheshire Partnership welcomes new development

BT announced today that faster broadband is now available to a further 6,400 homes and businesses in Cheshire.

Kelsall, Mobberley and Tarporley are among the latest 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.
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 more than 90 per cent of North West premises – of which around 400,000 are in Cheshire - and, by next Spring, more than 93 per cent of homes and businesses in the region 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*.

Julian Cobley, programme director for the Connecting Cheshire Partnership, said: “Connecting Cheshire welcomes the news that BT is maximising the existing copper network to increase broadband speeds across Cheshire.

“Such investment, and the ongoing rollout of fibre optic broadband, will play a key role in securing our economic growth and future development.

“More than ever, high-speed communications are crucial in the fast-moving and changing world that we work and live in and we are looking forward to the benefits faster broadband will bring to Cheshire.”

Mike Blackburn, BT’s North West regional director, said: “Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across the region, 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 Ellesmere Port later this year, and Culceth, Frodsham, Helsby, Runcorn and Warrington next year.

For further information about this news release please contact the BT regional press office on 0800 085 0660. All our news releases can be read at www.bt.com/news

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.