Gearing up for high speed web

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MORE than 20,400 homes in the Scarborough area will be better connected to superfast broadband after BT announced the latest roll-out of its superfast broadband upgrade.

Although the exact areas are yet to be announced it is understood that both urban and rural areas will benefit once the improvement work has been carried out at Scarborough’s exchange.

Scarborough is one of five exchange areas announced this week as part of a major expansion of its £2.5 billion superfast fibre optic broadband programme.

Barry Dodd, chairman of York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This further investment by BT in providing more superfast broadband to parts of North Yorkshire is great news.

“Access to fast broadband is essential for our local firms and households. It gives a competitive edge to our businesses especially in rural areas and provides access to new markets with the potential of new jobs.”

John Anderson, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This latest major investment is a tremendous boost for Scarborough and the county. Superfast broadband will be welcomed by families throughout the area because it will help improve their quality of life and leisure and open new doors through online learning and fast access to information and services.”

He added that the move would also benefit businesses and the local economy. He said: “At a stroke, small and medium sized firms will have access to big business speeds at much lower costs allowing them to find new markets, boost their competitiveness and create new jobs.”

“Faster upstream speeds are a boon for flexible and remote working, slashing office overheads and improving employees’ work-life balance.”

Currently more than six million homes and businesses can now access the high-speed broadband and it is hoped that two-thirds of UK premises will have access by the end of 2014.