Wareham and Lyme Regis The Next To Get Superfast Broadband
10:55am 25th September 2012
(Updated 10:56am 25th September 2012)
Super fast Broadband is being extended to Wareham and Lyme Regis, but not till 2013.
West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin's welcomed the move by BT, which is part of a two-point-five billion pound investment.
The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin, MP for West Dorset, said: "We are all looking forward eagerly to the time when high-speed broadband reaches the really rural parts of West Dorset three or four years from now. But, in the meanwhile, it is very good news that the high speed service will be available next year in Sherborne and Lyme Regis. This will make a real difference for businesses that rely on the internet - and that can only help to promote growth and sustain jobs. This is real progress."
The latest investment will take the total number of homes and businesses in Dorset able to connect to the fibre network to more than 200,000. More than 80,000 already have access in upgraded areas including Blandford, Lytchett Minster, Portland and Wimborne and BT is keen to bring more communities within reach by working with the public sector.
Jon Reynolds, BT's South West regional director, said: "Fibre broadband opens up a whole new, high speed world. This latest major investment will help Dorset to overcome the current economic challenges and take full advantage of the upturn when it comes.
"Digital technology is fundamental to how we live and work - and in an increasingly connected world, high speed communications will become even more essential in the years ahead. Research suggests fibre broadband could give a £143 million boost to a typical town's economy and create 225 new jobs and 140 new businesses within 15 years.
"The fibre broadband network we're building today will underpin the local economy for many years to come - and we're keen to go further, working with the public sector to take technology to places outside current commercial roll-out plans.
"The arrival of fibre broadband in each of these new locations will revolutionise the way people use the internet for work, education and connecting with public services."
Peter Speroni, programme manager for Superfast Dorset, said: "Today's announcement by BT is helping to deliver world class broadband infrastructure across Dorset. Everyone recognises the importance of super-fast broadband, not just for its contribution to the local economy and potential to create new businesses and jobs, but for every aspect of modern life.
"In the current economic climate, such an investment is to be greatly welcomed. But longer-term it's also essential that people and organisations take up this exciting technology and make the most of the new network."
BT's local network business Openreach is making fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses on a commercial basis by the end of 20142 using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies. More than 11 million premises can already access fibre broadband and that number is growing all the time.