fibre broadband Web access launches in Burnham-On-Sea
fibre broadband is now available to thousands of homes and businesses
across Burnham-On-Sea, BT announced on Wednesday.
than 4,000 households and firms in the town now have access and
this will soon increase to more than 10,500 premises as engineers
complete the upgrade in the coming weeks.
means Internet download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds
of up to 20Mbps are now available in Burnham for the first time,
depending on your Internet provider.
follows launches in other Somerset towns, including Bridgwater,
Glastonbury, Weston-Super-Mare, Taunton, Bath and Yeovil where
the high-speed technology is already available.
the end of Spring 2014 about 226,000 Somerset homes and businesses
- and about 1.5 million across the South West - will be able to
benefit as a result of the £2.5 billion fibre broadband
roll-out programme by BT.
company is also working in partnership with the public sector
to reach parts of the South West that lie outside its commercial
fibre broadband plans.
Reynolds, BTs South West regional director, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"BTs fibre network is expanding rapidly across the
South West bringing a boost for local economies wherever it goes.
Research suggests that within 15 years fibre broadband could bolster
the economy of a typical town by £143 million and create
225 new jobs, 140 new start-up businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers."
about one and a half million UK households and businesses have
already discovered, fibre broadband opens up a whole new world
to internet users. Whatever youre doing online, you can
do it better and faster with fibre. Its great for education,
shopping, entertainment, the social networking we now carry out
routinely online and it also offers huge benefits for businesses
and public services."
arrival of fibre can really help local firms in these economically
challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding
up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing
and computer back-up, all of which may also help cut costs."
added: "Our ambition doesnt stop with our commercial
roll-out. The Connecting Devon and Somerset partnership, of which
BT is a major partner, will make a major contribution to making
faster broadband available in more challenging areas not included
in our commercial plans."
Cllr David Hall, deputy leader of Somerset County Council, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Todays announcement by BT is fantastic
news. The people and businesses of Burnham-On-Sea will benefit
hugely from this investment. Superfast fibre broadband has the
power to transform lives and change the way people access public
sector services. It also has the potential to transform the local
economy, enabling businesses to work more effectively, access
new markets, work flexibly, collaborate and innovate."
very much look forward to future announcements, as we work with
our partner BT to deliver the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme,
which aims to deliver high-speed fibre broadband to around 90
per cent of premises by the end of 2016, and to ensure a minimum
of 2Mbps broadband speeds for all."
BTs local network business, is primarily deploying fibre-to-the-cabinet
(FTTC) technology, where the fibre runs from the exchange to a
local roadside cabinet. FTTC offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps
and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps and could deliver even faster
speeds in the future.
Spring 2013 Openreach aims to start to make fibre-to-the-premises
(FTTP) technology, where the fibre runs all the way to the home
or business, commercially available on demand in areas where fibre
broadband has been deployed. FTTP-on-demand will offer the top
current download speed of 330Mbps. According to the regulator
Ofcom, the current average UK broadband speed is 12Mbps.
At home, fibre broadband enables a family to simultaneously download
a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the internet and play
games online all at the same time. A whole album can be downloaded
in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less
than 10 minutes, whilst high-resolution photos can be uploaded
to Facebook in seconds.
Openreach offers fibre broadband access to all Internet service
providers on an open, wholesale basis, underpinning a competitive
market. For further information, www.superfast-openreach.co.uk