South Gloucestershire to have super fast broadband by the end of March, 2016

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By thecriddler | Thursday, January 31, 2013, 15:21

South Gloucestershire Council has agreed a deal with BT which should enable 94 per cent of homes and businesses in the area to have access to world class broadband speeds by the end of March, 2016.

The remaining premises within the project area will see a significant improvement in their speeds with the vast majority receiving greater than 2Mbps.

Following the contract signing, there will be a period of planning, with work expected to start on the ground during the autumn and the first exchanges enabled under the project are expected to go live with fibre in spring, 2014.

The aim of the partnership is to have a majority of homes and businesses covered by this project able to enjoy speeds above 24Mbps and up to 80Mbps.

Cllr John Goddard,Chair of South Gloucestershire Council's Resources Sub-Committee said:"We are delighted to have signed the contract with BT and our partners at Wiltshire Council to bring superfast broadband to thousands of homes and businesses. The deal will see improved coverage in South Gloucestershire, with 94 per cent of homes and businesses being able to access super fast fibre broadband once roll-out is complete.

"Benefits to firms will include faster file storage, computer back-up and processing for example, while the new technology will transform the way our residents use the internet at home, from speeding up the simple sharing of photos and videos, to enjoying watching films and tv programmes online. These improvements will ensure South Gloucestershire continues to be recognised as a great place to live and do business."



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