Faster Broadband For 10,600 Kenilworth Homes And Businesses
17 December 2010
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More than 10,600 Kenilworth homes and businesses now have access to faster broadband, BT announced today.
Kenilworth is the latest community in the region to benefit from the roll-out of BT’s pioneering 21st Century Network (21CN). By Spring 2011, BT exchanges serving around 75 per cent of premises in the West Midlands – more than 1.5 million households and businesses – will have been upgraded.
The BT investment makes broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) available – more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and businesses. The faster speeds are delivered over copper lines.
BT remains committed to enabling around 1,300 exchanges by the Spring of next year. The new services are available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband.
John Dovey, BT’s West Midlands regional director, said: “This is part of the latest major investment in next generation broadband, which represents a huge BT vote of confidence in the future of the West Midlands. It will help ensure that businesses and households in the region are in a strong position to thrive. Faster broadband can help businesses become more competitive and greatly improve the online services available to families, homeworkers and other internet users.”
Additionally, BT is rolling-out super-fast fibre-based broadband in the UK, initially offering download speeds of up to 40 Mb/s - with even faster speeds being possible if the fibre goes direct to the home or business. This recently went live in Kenilworth too.
And today BT called for more partnership-working to deliver fibre-based broadband in locations where it is not economically viable to include them in current roll-out plans.
John Dovey said: “We would like to work with partners to find ways of providing fibre-based broadband for those areas where the economics are more challenging.
“There are already a number of examples of this in the UK. Some are major multi million pounds projects, such as the £132 million partnership in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly where BT is investing £78.5 million and Northern Ireland where BT has pledged to invest about £30 million, whilst others are much more local, such as the village project in Kent where £13,000 of public sector funding helped unlock BT investment of £62,000.”
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