Super-fast broadband gives a boost to Brigg businesses

Brigg MP Andrew Percy (left) and Trevor Higgins Regional Partnership Director for British Telecom on launch day at a cabinet in Brigg's Grammar School Road.
Brigg MP Andrew Percy (left) and Trevor Higgins Regional Partnership Director for British Telecom on launch day at a cabinet in Brigg's Grammar School Road.
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Brigg’s MP has praised an initiative that will see super-fast broadband available for homes and businesses in the

More than 6,000 local householders and firms are poised to join the high-speed revolution as engineers complete local upgrades.

“My constituents have frequently complained at a poor service and this has now been put right,” said MP Andrew Percy.

“This superfast broadband provides 80Mbps and is clearly much faster than the 2Mbps that was had before.”

This initiative is being done by BT commercially and the communications company’s local network business, Openreach, expects to make super-fast fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014.

A mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies will be used - both of which offer speeds much faster than those currently available to many UK homes and businesses.

FTTC, where fibre is delivered to the street cabinet, offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. FTTP, where fibre runs all the way to homes and businesses, currently offers download speeds of 110Mbps.

These are expected to be boosted and by spring 2013, BT aims to make speeds of 330Mbps2 commercially available in any area where super-fast fibre broadband has been deployed, potentially transforming the competitiveness of businesses.

“The arrival of super-fast broadband in Brigg is a huge boost for local businesses and households,” said John Anderson, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber.

“These are economically challenging times and super-fast broadband can transform their experience of the internet.

“Fast and reliable internet connections are an essential part of our national infrastructure, whether we want them for boosting our businesses, delivering essential public services, education online or entertainment at home.”

Internet users with a super-fast connection can do much more online, all at the same time, helping deliver a major boost to the competitiveness of local businesses and offering them new ways of working flexibly, allowing large data and video files to be sent and received almost instantly.

Other benefits include wider use of high quality video conferencing and faster back-up of computer systems.

“Unlike other companies, Openreach offers access to all service providers on an open, wholesale basis, thereby underpinning a competitive market,” added Mr Anderson.

For more information on Openreach’s super-fast broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk