Faster broadband is now available to a further 28,500 homes and businesses in North Yorkshire, BT has announced.
Skelton, Old Catterick, Strensall, Stokeley, Kirkbymoorside, Oatlands Mount, Pateley Bridge, South Milford and Hutton Rudby are the latest communities in the county to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT’s enhanced 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 faster broadband is already available in more than 35 North Yorkshire communities including York, Thirsk, Whitby, Filey and Scarborough.
By next Spring BT aims to have around 90 per cent of homes and businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber served by an exchange which has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds. The new service is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband.
John Moore, North Yorkshire County Council spokesperson, said: “We welcome the immediate improvement in broadband speeds that this brings, and look forward to the future gains in the provision of next generation broadband that the Connecting North Yorkshire Project will deliver.”
John Anderson, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Faster broadband is touching the Iives of everyone - from small businesses and homeworkers, to internet shoppers, students, families and online gaming enthusiasts – and transforming the way we do things, for the better. BT is committed to making the technology available to as many homes and businesses as possible, as quickly as possible.
“Around 87 per cent of homes and businesses in this region now have access to faster broadband and within less than a year we expect this will have increased to about nine out of 10 premises.
“But there is still much work to be done and we want to work with local authorities to find ways of getting to even the most challenging locations.”
This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.
Fibre-based broadband is already available in 11 North Yorkshire communities including York, Dringhouses, Selby, Harrogate and Skipton. Filey, Stokesley and Whitby are set to follow later this year.