Dec 20, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Faster broadband is now available to around 6,500 more homes and businesses in Hereford and Worcester, BT announced today.
Burghill and Madley in Herefordshire and Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire are among the latest communities to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT's next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) -- more than double the fastest speed previously available from BT.
The new service is now accessible to more than 275,000 premises across the two counties and is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband*.
Councillor Graham Powell, said: "This investment is further great news for Herefordshire. It's good to see more communities benefiting from the roll-out of faster broadband, through the upgrade of BT's copper network.
"This technology will create new opportunities, giving our businesses a competitive edge as well as opening new doors for people of every age and background."
John Dovey, BT's regional director for the West Midlands, said: "Increasingly, broadband is an essential part of everyday life, whether you're Christmas shopping online,
sharing photographs and videos with the family, working in an office or as a homeworker, improving your education or just wanting to download a film or programme online.
"It has the power to transform every aspect of our lives and is a vital part of ensuring the future prosperity of communities across Herefordshire and the wider West Midlands region."
This investment in the copper network is in addition to:
o BT's GBP2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband - which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises during Spring 2014 - and
o Herefordshire and Gloucestershire County Councils' partnership with BT, which will bring fibre broadband to parts of the two counties not covered by any commercial roll-out of fibre.
BT is keen to work with other public sectors to extend fibre broadband to the remaining parts of the country that are harder to reach.
Note to Editors
*Once an exchange area has been upgraded for next generation broadband, some service providers automatically upgrade their customers to the enhanced broadband service. People should contact their chosen service provider for more information about the products and services they offer.
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